From the start, the size and nature of the scoring of Mozart’s Serenade for 12 Winds and Contrabass K. 361 (conventionally called either Serenade for 13 Winds or Gran Partita) and the unusual length of the work
precluded frequent performance, and the piece (or selections from it) appeared in many alternative but more convenient scorings: for wind octet, wind sextet, string quintet and a flute quartet version of the variations (listed as K. 285b but almost certainly not Mozart’s work).
Of the small-scale scorings, however, Christian Schwencke’s arrangement for a chamber group including piano is sonically the most effective and this arrangement is the most coherent representation of Mozart’s ideas for five players. In common with several transmitted versions of the Gran Partita, Schwencke’s version includes a third Trio attached to the first Menuetto; to date this Trio has neither been authenticated as true Mozart, nor debunked, and it is included in this first modern edition of this work for a unique instrumental combination, also offering the alternatives of flute, clarinet or even another violin to replace the oboe.
The keyboard player can play from the score, but may prefer to reduce page-turns by using this part.