Serenade No 12 in Cm, K.388 (384a) (Wiese) [study score]
Study score. "I've had to turn out a serenade on short order": these lines from Mozart to his father offer a glimpse into the everyday life of a composer dependent on patronage. Mozart was about to be married when he pulled this wind piece out of his hat. Yet the results are far removed from the detached, courtly style of the serenade: the work opens full of earnestness and profundity in the gloomy key of C minor. The high opinion Mozart had of this octet is evident in the fact that he later arrangedit for string quintet. For 0222-2 octet (2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons & 2 french horns). Horns are in Eb. Matching performance parts available, see item 56130.