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.