Victor Ewald was born in St. Petersburg and died in Leningrad. Ewald was a professor of Civil Engineering in St. Petersburg, and was also the cellist with the Beliaeff Quartet for sixteen years. This was the most influential ensemble in St. Petersburg in the late 19th century, introducing much of the standard quartet literature to Russia. He also collected and published Russian folk songs. Ewald’s professional life, like that of many of his musical contemporaries, was in an entirely different field; that of a civil engineer, in which he excelled, being appointed in 1900 as professor and manager of the Faculty of Construction Materials at the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Brass players however are indebted to him for something very different – a series of quintets which have become a staple of the repertoire and which represent almost the only, and certainly the most extended examples of original literature in the Romantic style.

The Quintet No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 5 (1902, rev. 1912) contains 3 movements:

1 – Moderato
2 – Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
3 – Allegro Moderato

This arrangement is for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Symphonic Orchestra. Now also available for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Windband.

Demo Score: → Quintet No 1 – Ewald (orchestral version)

Publisher (for this arrangement): Janssen Music

Recording: Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, Jan Cober – conductor
Puck Brouwers, Flute – Samuel Agustín, Oboe – Sophie Schreurs, Clarinet – Liesbeth Rompelberg, Bassoon and Camiel Lemmens, Horn

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