Quintet for Piano and Winds (Beethoven)

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Quintet for Piano and Winds
by Beethoven
Key E Flat
Catalogue Op. 16
Year 1796 (1796)
Period Classical
Genre Chamber Music
Form Quintet
Duration 23 to 26 minutes
Movements 3
Scoring Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon

Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1796.

The quintet is scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. It is alleged to be inspired by Mozart's Quintet, K. 452 (1784), which has the same scoring and is also in E-flat.

It is in three movements:

The performance takes around 23-26 minutes.


Beethoven subsequently transcribed the Op. 16 quintet as a quartet for piano and string trio (violin, viola, and cello), using the same opus number, tempo markings, and overall timing.[1]

Artaria published an unauthorized transcription of the Op. 16 quintet as a string quartet which they designated as the composers Op. 75.[1]


  1. ^ a b Thayer 1921, p. 208

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