This concert will highlight two of the most important masterworks in the repertoire for winds: "Sonatina" from the "Happy Workshop" by Richard Strauss and the "Gran Partita" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The "Gran Partita," first performed in Vienna in 1784, is widely considered the pinnacle of achievement in music for chamber winds. The piece calls for adding basset horns and an extra pair of horns to the traditional Harmoniemusik octet of pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. The pieces by Mozart and Strauss are particularly appropriate for pairing in one concert because of their similar instrumentation and Strauss's dedication of the "Sonatina," "to the memory of the immortal Mozart at the end of a thankful life." Strauss was deeply inspired by Mozart's wind music, written more than 150 years earlier, and even went so far as to borrow motives from the "Gran Partita" as germinal ideas for his own "Sonatina."