PHILIP WHITEWAY (violin)
ALBERT FITZGERALD (violin)
FREDERICK R. AMOR (viola)
THOMAS DAVIES (double bass)
RICHARD WALTHEW (clarinet)
VIVIAN GRAY (horn)
WILLIAM S. BATES (bassoon)
Schubert's Octet, favoured amongst his instrumental works when players of the necessary competence can be got together to perform it, is on the border line between orchestral and chamber music. In structure and material it has all the attributes of the symphony, despite the greater number- of its movements ; while on the other hand in spirit it is nearer the divertimenti of the eighteenth century. All of it is music of a light-hearted character, though its movements are well-contrasted. In range and colour the scoring of the Octet is masterly, and the attentive listener will observe how infallibly the colour is used to enrich the design.
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