Fantaisie, Op.16 (Bennett, William Sterndale)

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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.[1837]. Plate 5821.
Misc. Notes Alternative and shorter version of Scherzo, which omitted Trio, was published separately as 'Scherzo from Fantasia Op.13(sic)' by London, Leader & Cock, 1856, plate L. & C. 2354.
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Publisher. Info. London: Wessel & Stapleton, n.d.[1841]. Plate 5752.
Misc. Notes Royal College of Music Library, London (GB-Lcm): D2492/2
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General Information

Work Title Fantaisie
Alternative. Title
Composer Bennett, William Sterndale
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.16
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWB 8
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
I. Moderato con grazia
II. Scherzo & Trio
III. Canzonetta
IV. Presto agitato
First Performance. 1845-01-23, London (or earlier?)
First Publication. 1837
Dedication Robert Schumann
Average DurationAvg. Duration 24 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano

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Schumann found the work 'ringing with lovely melodies as over-richly as a nest of nightingales', and reciprocated by dedicating his Etudes Symphoniques Op.13 to Bennett, also published in 1837.

Published by Wessel & Stapleton of London in 1842, by the way. (Work was in print for 8 years in Germany, for 3 years in England, with no public performance? Odd.) - ES