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Josef Triebensee (Trübensee) (November 21, 1772 Třeboň - April 22, 1846 Prague) was a Bohemian composer and oboist.

He studied composition with Albrechtsberger and oboe with his father, Georg Triebensee (January 28, 1746-June 14, 1813). He served in the private orchestra of Prince Schwarzenberg, and from 1782 to 1806 as first oboist of the Austrian Emperor's Harmonie (wind band). Concurrently, he also served as principal oboist at the Nationaltheater of Vienna. Other associations included second oboist at the Kärntnertortheater, Kapellmeister to Prince Liechtenstein's Harmonie at Feldsberg, the private orchestra of Count Hunyady (from 1811), a theater composer in Brno, and from 1816 to his retirement in 1836, director of the Prague Opera where he succeeded composer Carl Maria von Weber. Unlike Weber, his operas found little success.

Triebensee was the second oboist at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna in 1791 when he played the premiere of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte—explaining the peculiar difficulty of the second oboe parts in that work.

Triebensee's most important compositions were two sets of Harmoniemusik, the second appearing in 32 installments of ten or more movements. He wrote 12 comic operas for Vienna and Prague as well as vocal, orchestral, and chamber works.


Works for WindsEdit

  • 1805 Treurmars, for wind octet
  • Concertino, for fortepiano, wind octet (2 ob, 2 cl, 2 hn, 2 bsn) and contrabassoon
    1. Adagio - Allegro Molto
    2. Menuetto
    3. Andante con vars
    4. Menuetto
    5. Rondo
  • Partita in B-flat major, for wind octet and trumpet
    1. Adagio - Allegro Moderato
    2. Andante
    3. Menuetto
    4. Allegro con moto
  • Partita in E-flat Major, for wind octet
    1. Allegro Vivace
    2. Andante
    3. Menuetto
    4. Rondo
  • Partita in D-minor, for wind octet
  • Suite in B-flat Major
  • Suite in E-flat Major
  • Partitta in Dis (E-flat Major) (Musica Aeterna Verlag)
  • Variations on an Original March
  • Menuetto Con Variazioni in F on a theme from Mozart's Don Giovanni, for wind octet

Stage WorksEdit


Year Title acts première libretto
1798 Die Liebe macht kurzen Prozess
(or: Heirat auf gewisse Art);
(with: Matthäus Stegmayer, Joseph Wölfl, Franz Anton Hoffmeister,
Joh. B. Henneberg, Franz Xaver Süßmayr and Jakob Haibel)
2 March 26, 1798, Vienna, Theater auf der Wieden Joachim Perinet
1798 Jägerfreude. Eine kleine Kantate in zwey Abtheilungen. Widmung: Fürst Alois von Liechtenstein Wien 1798 2 Matthäus Stegmayer (Schauspieler)
1799 Der rote Geist im Donnergebirge
(2 cd act composed by Ignaz Ritter von Seyfried)
2 June 5, 1799, Vienna, Theater auf der Wieden Matthäus Stegmayer
1820 Divoká honba - Die wilde Jagd March 8, 1820, Prague, State Opera (Stavovské divadlo) Sebastian Willibald Schiessler
1820–1821 Manželé podle módy - Die Ehemänner nach der Mode 3 January 31, 1821, Prague, State Opera (Stavovské divadlo) J. von Seyfried
1823 Telemach na ostrově Ogygisa - Telemach auf der Insel Ogygia 2 January 10, 1824, Prague, State Theater (Stavovské divadlo) K.J. Schikaneder

Instrumental music

  • Konzert für die Oboe (Allgemeines Intelligenzblatt der Stadt Nürnberg p. 818)
  • Double Concerto for violin and oboe (AMZ 1824, No. 26)

Vocal music

  • Die Höhle auf dem Lorenzberge zu Prag im Herbste 1792 : Lied for voice and piano (A-Wien Mus.Hs.33215 Mus)
  • Gebet der Armen für Ihre Wohltäter, for 5 soloists and choir (AMZ 1824, No. 26)
  • Cantata Acis und Galathea for choir and winds (AMZ 1824, No. 8)

Chamber music

  • Grande Sonate for piano and violin (C. F. Whistling p.318
  • Sonate pour le Piano-Forte. Composée et dediée à Son Altesse Mademoiselle La Princesse Julis de Sulkowsky
  • 1844 Trio in F Major, for two oboes and alto oboe [English horn]
  • 1844 Trio in C Major, for two oboes and alto oboe
  • 1844 Trio in B-flat Major, for two oboes and alto oboe
  • Gran Quintuor, for piano, clarinet, alto oboe, basset horn, and bassoon
  • Quintetto. In F : a Clavicembalo, Oboa, Violino, Viola e Violoncello(A-Wien Mus.Hs.11409 Mus)
  • Quintett in Eb 1799 for strings (A-Wien S.m. 11517)

Menuetto con Variazioni in F

  • Variace na Mozartovo téma
  • Variations on Hadyn's symphony nr. 94 „mit dem Paukenschlag“, for two oboes and alto oboe
  • 6 Variationen über das tyroler Alpenlied for piano, violin and guitar (AMZ 1811, Intelligenzblatt)

Arrangements for Harmonie ensembleEdit

  • Joseph Haydn (1732–1809): Symphony in G Major - "Oxford" (Nr. 92), arranged for 9-part harmonie.
    1. Adagio / Allegro spirituoso
    2. Adagio
    3. Menuetto, Allegretto
    4. Presto
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Don Giovanni, Overture and arias for harmonie (2 ob, 2 cl, 2 hn, 2 bsn, cbsn (ad lib.))
    1. Ouvertura
    2. Introduzione. Notte e giorno faticar
    3. Madamina, il catalogo è questo
    4. Giovinette che fate all' amore
    5. Dalla sua pace
    6. Fin ch'han dal vino
    7. Batti, Batti, o bel Masetto
    8. Presto presto pria ch'ei venga
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): La clemenza di Tito, Overture and aria for harmonie
    1. Overture
    2. Deh prendi un dolce amplesso
    3. Marcia
    4. Del piu sublime soglio
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Cosi fan tutte, for harmonie
  • Luigi Cherubini (1760–1842): - overture and arias from the opera Medea for wind octet
  • Franz Schubert (1797–1828): music for the romantic play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" Helmina von Chezy D 797, arranged for harmonie.