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Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen', D802 OpPost160


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Just as he did in the “Forellen”-(Trout-) Quintet (D 667), the “Wanderer” Fantasy (D 760) and his string quartet “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (Death and the Maiden), D 810, Schubert, for his Variations on “Trockne Blumen” (Dried flowers), D 802, took one of his own lieder as the basis for a piece of instrumental music. “Trockne Blumen” is the eighteenth lied in his song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” (D 795), written in autumn of 1823. In January 1824, even before the “Müllerin” cycle had been published (it appeared in summer 1824), Schubert wrote a set of variations in E minor on this lied for flute and piano, prefacing it with a large-scale introduction.

Nothing is known about Schubert’s immediate reasons for composing this piece, perhaps the most significant work in the nineteenth-century literature for flute. It may conceivably have been proposed, and its composition supervised, by a flautist among Schubert’s circle of friends, for example by Ferdinand Bogner, a teacher at the Vienna Conservatory. Whatever the case, the autograph manuscript contains a large number of corrections; moreover, Schubert added the particularly extravagant variation no. 5 at a later date and subsequently gave its flute part a thorough reworking (the original version appears in the appendix).

Difficulty guide: 8-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: Classical Flute and Piano Music
Publisher: G. Henle Verlag - Urtext
Publisher's reference: HN474
Our Stock Code: 1134599
Media Type: Paperback