It is hardly surprising that after 1800, Beethoven no longer wrote chamber music for wind instruments. The evolution towards bourgeois musical culture is reflected in the diminishing demand for serenades and divertimenti, a light music meant for the middle of the court, a genre against which Beethoven is in any case skeptical. It is all the more surprising in this case that around 1795, without any detectable motive, the composer writes his Sextet op. 81b, remarkable for the exceptional virtuosity of the horn parts. This edition presents for the first time the bass part as provided by Beethoven, ie. for cello and bass of support. It also offers, for each of the original horn parts in Eb, a part transposed to Fa.
(Note from the editor)