Sextett in E-flat major, Op 71 for flute octet
This composition consists of four movements, all falling into established Viennese Classical patterns, but having the twenty-six year old Beethoven’s distinctively sharper edge. It begins with an Adagio, and then we have a vigorous Allegro. Next comes a reflective Adagio, followed by a movement characteristic of a Viennese Minuet. The last movement is an effervescent Rondo Finale. This arrangement features a full flute ensemble with parts for 3 C flutes, 2 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes, and one contrabass flute.
1 Adagio Allegro