Tweet on Twitter Best Clarinet Concerti One of my favourite instruments has always been that most flexible member of the woodwind family; the clarinet. I began learning the instrument over four decades ago and have enjoyed playing many of the pieces I am going to discuss below. What I am aiming to provide in this article is a guide to what I consider to be amongst the best of the huge variety of Concerti written for the instrument over the past three hundred years. There may be many omitted but I hope it at least serves as a useful starting point for anyone with a passion for great music. The Concerti are not considered in a chronological order but from A — Z with reference to performances on Youtube that you can follow up and enjoy Arnold, Malcolm — Concertos No. It is scored for Clarinet and Strings with a duration of around 18 minutes.
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Tweet on Twitter Best Clarinet Concerti One of my favourite instruments has always been that most flexible member of the woodwind family; the clarinet. I began learning the instrument over four decades ago and have enjoyed playing many of the pieces I am going to discuss below. What I am aiming to provide in this article is a guide to what I consider to be amongst the best of the huge variety of Concerti written for the instrument over the past three hundred years.
There may be many omitted but I hope it at least serves as a useful starting point for anyone with a passion for great music. The Concerti are not considered in a chronological order but from A — Z with reference to performances on Youtube that you can follow up and enjoy Arnold, Malcolm — Concertos No.
It is scored for Clarinet and Strings with a duration of around 18 minutes. The second Concerto was composed in and dedicated to one of the finest jazz clarinettists of his age, Benny Goodman. The scoring is more imaginative this time with plenty of additional percussion. This Concerto was composed around and is good fun to play for the more advanced clarinettist. The Concerto is littered with lyricism and the influence of jazz. It does not follow the more conventional form of the earlier concerti and begins with a rich, slow introduction that leads into a superb, virtuoso cadenza.
The Concerto fully exploits the agility of the clarinet through some inventive and engaging writing for both soloist and orchestra.
Crusell, Bernhard — Concerti 1 -3 These three concerti were once overlooked in favour of more common works from the Romantic era. Each of these pieces is written by a composer who really has an understanding of the clarinet as well as a wonderful sense of musical shape and form. The works are challenging to play and rewarding to listen to. The work was composed in and has remained a fond favourite of clarinet players across the world.
Rhapsody captures the nature of the work really well as it darts and dives between colourful, energetic worlds that provide a technical challenge for any clarinet player.
There is also a piano and clarinet version that is equally enjoyable to play. Finzi, Gerald — Concerto Following on from the turn of the last century work by Debussy, the Finzi Clarinet Concerto written in presents a suitably English pastoral offering. The Concerto falls into three movements in the familiar fast, slow, fast structure. Hindemith, Paul — Concerto This version allegedly has the composer himself conducting Now, not a work one hears performed very often, but a Concerto that is in need of a mention.
The piece shows Hindemith in the latter stages of his compositional career and his musical voice firmly established. Written in , the Concerto is difficult to play and has distinct echoes of the more popular Sonata.
Krommer, Franz — Concerto in Eb Op. For me, the Rondo finale is the best of the movements as it flows effortlessly from beginning to end and provides the soloist with plenty of opportunities to sound impressive without being overly difficult.
Mozart W. A — Concerto in A; K. This late period Mozart concerto is nothing short of superb in every aspect. Its melodies are sublime and it gives the soloist every opportunity for a broad range of expression and interpretation.
The three movements Allegro, Adagio, Rondo , show Mozart at the peak of his powers with the rondo finale offering one of the most memorable and enjoyable rondo melodies ever written. A model Classical Concerto. Karl Concerto This slots into the genre of modern concerti with a composition date of For me, this presents a unique work and captures the spirit of this Danish composer.
There is only a single movement to the work but if you listen carefully you can hear four themes or melodies that weave through the piece with more than a touch of folk melody. A difficult but rewarding work to perform.
Spohr, Louis — Concerti 1 -4 Concerto No. The works span — and are deeply Romantic in style. Johann Hermstedt was the recipient and inspiration for the works and he must have been a formidable player as these works really push the soloist to test their limits. They also show the huge range of expression that the clarinet can produce as well as the vocal qualities of the instrument that particularly come through in the slow movements.
This work was composed for Woody Herman in Herman was a jazz clarinettist and bandleader who performed widely both before and after the second world war. The Ebony Concerto is not scored for a traditional orchestra but instead, Stravinsky employs a jazz band.
Whilst the clarinet features in the music it does not dominate as you would expect from a concerto. Instead, the soloist very much forms part of the jazz ensemble. Tartini, G — Concertino Concertino is a shorter form than the usual concerto. The outcome is actually a very coherent and delightful concertino with a light and bright overall feel.
It is not a difficult concertino to play well but delightfully engaging. Weber, Carl Maria von Concertos One and Two and Concertino Weber was primarily a composer of Opera and this comes directly through all three of these concerti. Each of the pieces displays astonishing virtuosity coupled with brilliant writing for the orchestra and soloist.
The movements are tirelessly dramatic, operatic and effervescent. My favourite by far is the finale of the 2nd Concerto in Eb which is tricky to play but full of fireworks from beginning to the end. If you enjoy these works, you will also like the Quintet and the Grand Duo Concertante.
Free Giuseppe Tartini Clarinet Sheet Music
Voodoorg Score, Set of parts. Other Required and Solo parts follow the strings: Note the inclusion of the saxes after bassoon for this band work. Are you a beginner who started playing last month? Edited by Eric Wen.
15 of the Best Clarinet Concerti