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Harmoniemusik (music for a specific type of wind ensemble, the Harmonie) was a genre of music, primarily of Central Europe, written for winds between around 1770 and 1810. The instrumentation would generally either be a sextet (two oboes or clarinets, two horns, two bassoons) or a “classical” wind octet with two of all four, which became the dominant form in 1782 with the foundation of the Kaiserliche Harmonie at Vienna by Joseph II. There were many local variations in instrumentation, such as the use of cors anglais in place of clarinets.

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Hofer, Achim, “Harmoniemusik”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020689>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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