Erlking for Horn Quartet, Schubert, arr. L. C. Harnsberger
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Franz Schubert composed the song “Erlking” (Erlkönig”) in 1815 at the age of 18. The first public performance of “Erlking” in 1821 was a huge success, and it has since become one of the most performed pieces of music ever composed. This arrangement for horn quartet captures all the drama of Schubert’s original song for voice and piano. Melodies and accompanimental figures are distributed to every player to preserve the intensity of Schubert’s original virtuosic piano and vocal parts. It is a perfect conclusion to any concert since the audience will likely break out into a “rapturous applause” just like the first performance in 1821.