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Mozart’s Gran Partita

April 19, 2025 7:00 pm 9:30 pm

Enjoy Mozart’s classical harmonies and playful melodies showcased in this symphony of winds made up of a 13-musician ensemble of oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons, and contrabassoon.


Selections featuring Mozart’s Harmoniemusik


Mozart Serenade No. 10 for winds in B-flat Major, K. 361 “Gran Partita”

Doris Duke Theatre

900 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96814 United States
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Gus Highstein, Oboe
Alex Hayashi, Oboe
Lou DeMartino, Clarinet
Melanie Yukumoto, Clarinet
James F. Moffitt, Basset Horn
Norm Foster, Basset Horn
Tommy Morrison, Bassoon
Anna Lenhart, Horn
Jamie Sanborn, Horn
Shawn Conley, Bass

By the mid to late 1700s, wind sextets or octets began to be featured prominently at court banquets and gatherings. These events often lasted many hours, requiring the musicians to have a large amount of music ready to perform. These groups became known as Harmonie ensembles; comprising pairs of instruments making harmony possible as opposed to earlier groups with only single winds. At the height of the Harmonie era, groups could be found performing in many places, including taverns.

The standard repertoire were arrangements of popular opera and ballet music of the day, usually arranged by members of the ensemble.

Mozart composed many works for Harmonie, such as his Serenade in E-Flat K. 375 (originally a sextet, later expanded it to octet) and octet K. 388 in C minor.

The wind serenade K. 361, which later became known as the Gran Partita, represents a big expansion of the Harmonie ensemble, both musically and in terms of the size of the ensemble.

The double bass was traditionally used to support the harmony, often doubling the lowest part, usually the second bassoon part. In K. 361, Mozart wrote an independent part for the double bass which was highly unusual at that time.

The selections of Harmoniemusik featured on the first half of the program will showcase the expansion of tradition the “Gran Partita” represented. Included within the selections will be the music from the dinner scene of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, illustrating how the Harmonie ensemble was utilized during the composer’s day.

– Written by James F. Moffitt

Parking is available behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria Street.

$5 for the first 5 hours. $2 for every additional 30 minutes. CASH ONLY.

Limited street parking is available along Kinau and Victoria Street.