Krommer's thirteen suites or partitas for wind octet, with optional contrabassoon doubling the bass-line an octave lower, were probaly written in the early 1790s. Issued by three different publishers in the early nineteenth century, the complete series was brought together in about 1825 by Parisian publishers, Dufat & Dubois.
Op. 79 in E flat is No. 12 in the French complete edition. Krommer's skill in blending and contrasting wind colour is immediately apparent in the jaunty sonata-form Allegro that opens the work. Next comes an attractive Viennese Allegretto with a charming trio section, a lilting Andante allegretto and a spirited Allegro finale.
Born in Kamenice, Moravia, Franz Krommer studied violin and organ under his uncle in Turan until the age of 17. Appointed Kappellmeister to numerous patrons, he settled in Vienna in 1795. Considered a rival to Ludwig van Beethoven , he wrote over 300 works in virtually every genre, specialising in compositions for wind ensemble or solo concertos for such instruments.