Octet in F major D 803-Franz Schubert's Octet In F major D 803 for Clarinet (B flat/C) Bassoon Horn (F/C) 2 Violins Viola Violoncello and Double Bass.This composition was modelled on Beethoven s Septet op. 20 whose Divertimento character and six-part layout were adopted by Schubert although he merely expanded the instrumentation by adding a second Violin.In a letter he numbered his octet amongst the chamber music workswith which he desired to blaze a path to the great symphony . It can no longer be ascertained whether the composition was commissioned by Count Ferdinand Troyer who had a musical salon in Vienna and played the Clarinet. We onlyknow that Schubert composed the work at the beginning of 1824 taking only a few weeks to do so and that it was performed at Troyer s shortly afterwards. Today it is one of the most popular larger chamber music works.