Beethoven, Siegessinfonie

Siegessinfonie by Ludwig van Beethoven, modern edition for wind ensemble by David Whitwell. The original band composition survives in a presentation copy by Beethoven’s copyist, with the composer’s corrections and a title page entirely in his hand.

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Siegessinfonie

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Modern edition by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1813
Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble (Picc, Fl 1.2, Ob 1.2, Cl 1.2.3, Bsn 1.2, Cbsn, Hn 1.2, Tpt 1.2, Tbn 1.2, B Tbn, Tba, Timp, SD, BD, Cym, Tri)
Duration: 6:25
Level: 5

Recording

This live performance was given on 16 March 2000 by the California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble, David Whitwell, Conductor.

Notes on Beethoven’s Siegessinfonie

Following a minor victory, the first of allied troops over Napoleon, the Battle of Vitoria in Spain on 21 June 1813, Beethoven’s friend Johann Mälzel saw an opportunity for a quick box-office success and talked the composer into writing a composition commemorating this battle which he could notate on his ‘mechanical orchestra’: the panharmonicon. Beethoven, however, wrote a composition for large band—an instrumentation so large that Mälzel could not build a machine large enough to perform the music. As an alternative plan, Beethoven rewrote the Siegessinfonie for orchestra, added a first part and renamed the work, Wellington’s Victory. In this form it was premiered in Vienna, together with the premiere of the Symphony No. 7 and a work performed by Mälzel’s mechanical trumpeter.

The original band composition survives in a presentation copy by Beethoven’s copyist, with the composer’s corrections and a title page entirely in his hand.

Instrumentation
Piccolo
Flute 1.2
Oboe 1.2
Clarinet 1.2.3
Bassoon 1.2
Contrabassoon
Trumpet 1.2
F Horn 1.2
Trombone 1.2
Bass Trombone
Tuba
Timpani
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Triangle