Franz Schubert: Octet for Strings & Winds in F
In his own words, Franz Schubert essentially said that the only reason he started out to write his Octet for Strings & Winds was so he could prepare himself for the task of composing a full-scale symphonic work – which would soon be happening. For this Octet, the composer drew inspiration from Beethoven, specifically the Septet Op. 20 that Beethoven wrote. From there, there are many similarities: the two works have the same number of movements, the instrumentation is the mostly same and Beethoven even wrote his Septet in order to prepare for his own First Symphony.