For Saxophone Ensemble
Mozart's Serenade No. 10 (affectionately known as the "Gran Partita") remains somewhat of a musicological mystery. Its instrumentation is unlike any other from the time, originally composed for an expanded Harmoniemusik of two oboes, two clarinets, two basset horns, two bassoons, four horns, and a string bass. Its composition date is still debated, although it seems likely it was composed in late 1783/early 1784 for a benefit concert given by Anton Stadler, where four movements were premiered.
This version for saxophones of the Adagio was commissioned by Chien-Kwan Lin for the Eastman Saxophone Project in the spring of 2018.