Uncategorized

Starting up the course again – day after Brahms Clarinet Quintet

I have just restarted work on the OCA Composition Year 1 course after about three months away from it, working and being a new grandad.

Yesterday with friends played through Brahms’ clarinet quintet, a late work.

Why does Brahms stir up such contrary views – for and against?  His writing is quite thick at times with double stopping in inner parts.  But the melody has such long lines.   The slow movement is particularly fine – a quasi-improvisation for the clarinet with tremolo in the strings – quite hard to follow the clarinet line without cues.

Back to commenting on some solo wind instrument pieces for the course – up next.

 

Advertisements
Standard

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s