Nocturno (Score & Parts)-FL/2OB/2CL/3BSN/2HN/TPT
Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Publisher: Barenreiter (Germany)
for flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two horns, three bassoons, and trumpet
by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)-German composer
Edited by Christopher Hogwood. Clarinet parts provided in both C and Bb. The scoring includes a part for Corno (Inglese) di Basso. Since this actual instrument (it is NOT a bass oboe part) does not really exist any longer, common practice has it played by a 3rd bassoon (or tuba or even euphonium) but not contra bassoon, as the octave scoring would be wrong .
In 1826 Mendelssohn composed a Nocturno for a Bad Doberan spa band which consisted of 11 wind players (flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, trumpet and bass horn). The composition was later used as the basis for his Overture for Winds Op 24 which requires much larger forces. The Nocturno, a chamber music work in the divertimento tradition, was not published during Mendelssohn’s lifetime; it appears here in a first ever critical edition.