Quintet for Piano and Winds (Beethoven)

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Quintet for Piano and Winds
by Beethoven
KeyE Flat
CatalogueOp. 16
Year1796 (1796)
GenreChamber Music
Duration23 to 26 minutes
ScoringPiano, 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 23-27 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
  • Gratton, Brian J. (1995). Three Motivic Topics in Beethoven's Piano Quintet, Op. 16 (PDF) (M.M). University of North Texas.
  • Rodda, Dr Richard E. (2014). "Program Notes: Concert IV - Beethoven's Friends" (PDF). Music at Menlo.
  • Thayer, Alexander Wheelock (1921). The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven. 1. New York: The Beethoven Association.
  • Wigmore, Richard (2009). Beethoven: Piano Quartet & String Quintet (PDF) (CD). Hyperion Records. CDA67745.
  • Zajkowski, Roberts (2010). The Piano and Wind Quintets of Mozart and Beethoven: Reception and Relationship (D.M.A). Ohio State University.

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