Brahms: Clarinet Quintet

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Cambridge University Press, 08.01.1998 - 118 Seiten
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On its first appearance in 1891, Brahms' Clarinet Quintet was immediately recognised as a remarkable achievement, and a century later it still has the power to claim the hearts and minds of players and audiences alike. Widely regarded as Brahms' supreme achievement in the field of chamber music, the Clarinet Quintet is here placed in the context of the history of the clarinet and its repertory, and of Brahms' own compositions before 1891. The influence of the Meiningen clarinet virtuoso Richard Mühlfeld unleashed a new vein of creativity in Brahms, and this forms a basis for discussion, together with questions of performance practice (in relation to both clarinet and string quartet) and the legacy of Brahms' clarinet music. These chapters are complemented by a comprehensive analysis of the music.
 

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The nineteenthcentury clarinet and its music
1
The age of virtuosity
3
Clarinet chamber music after 1850
6
The development of the clarinet
9
Muhlfelds BaermannOttensteiner clarinets
11
Brahms and the orchestral clarinet
13
The character of the orchestral clarinet
14
The German tradition of wind writing
15
Design and structure
47
Allegro
49
Adagio
54
Andantino Presto non assai ma con sentimento
59
Con moto
62
Performance practice
66
Muhlfelds clarinet playing
68
The string quartet
71

early works
16
Mature orchestral writing
18
Brahmss chamber music before 1891
21
Formal procedures
22
Chamber music with wind
23
String chamber music
25
The String Quintet Op 111
27
The genesis and reception of the Clarinet Quintet
31
Richard Muhlfeld
32
The Clarinet Trio Op 114
34
Clarinet Quintet reception 18914
36
Brahmss Clarinet Sonatas Op 120
40
Muhlfelds final decade
42
The Brahms Quintet after Muhlfeld
44
Tempo flexibility articulation and nuance
74
Later interpretations
78
The legacy of Brahmss clarinet music
81
Max Reger
82
Robert Fuchs and his contemporaries
83
The clarinet quintet in England
85
A list of Brahmss chamber music
88
A review of the first London performance The Times 29 March 1892
89
The mechanism of Muhlfelds BaermannOttensteiner clarinets
91
Notes
93
Select bibliography
108
Index
112
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