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    Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Hi All,

    This uses GPO solo strings and GPO clarinet. I ran into a couple of problems with it. First, the GPO solo clarinet is specifically Bb, and the Brahms is for A clarinet requiring the low c#. It was fairly easily solved by applying a semitone pitchbend on the low D whenever C# was needed.

    Secondly, I only had the parts, but no score at home. I could do most of the work from the parts, but, without the score, doing the final balancing and interpretation etc. became difficult. However, I found an archive on-line (http://sheetmusicarchive.net) from which I could download the score. It looks like it might be the original publication with yellowed pages and a florid title page.

    I hope you like it.

    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7024332

    Regards,

    Jack

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Hi Jack,
    An impressive work with many details to get together.
    I'm thinking of 2 possibilities for the low note:
    Transpose the entire work one half step.
    Try a basset horn in the Concert, Marching Band-of course I didn't check to see if there's one in the list.. I know there is an alto clarinet.
    The clarinet sound reminds me of a player with a really soft reed-nasal.
    The score doesn't always give a lot of clues. Listen to a recordingm& make your own dynamics.
    Gary
    PS
    I checked the CMB and it has a basset horn with all the range you need.

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your comments.

    I think I'll stick to my original method of achieving the bottom note on the A clarinet, as it seems much simpler. Also, since I use Garritan Studio, I only have access to GPO and GJBB.

    I like to use a score, as I like to try to give a piece my own interpretation.

    I have more problems with the string quartet sound than I do with the clarinet sound, but I'm trying to achieve the right balance, so that all the parts come through.

    Regards,

    Jack

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Good job, the libraries sounds very fine and this is a beautiful Brahms´s work. I think you could work a bit more the balance between the five voices, because there are parts that may sound more weaved, the counterpointistic aspect in this work is very relevant.
    Victor

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Jack

    This is a nice interpretation, and it is the best interpretation of this piece I have ever heard, but then it is also the first.

    Brahms did some great work.

    Well done

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

    http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/RonaldFerguson

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Hi Victor and Ron,

    Thanks for listening and for your comments.

    I'm sure more work can be done to improve it, Victor. It's actually endless.

    Take my word for it, Ron. The interpretation is okay (I think).

    Regards,

    Jack

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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Jack, I haven't heard this in probably twenty years
    (I'm a real Brahms nut, if you haven't previously
    gathered that)... this is beautifully done, fine interpretation
    with real understanding and finesse.

    While I think I might personally take somewhat more liberty
    with rubato and certain tempi, this was a most satisfying
    and gratefully received rendition. Many thanks!

    The ending, by the way -- just right.

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Brahms Clarinet Quintet - 1st movement

    Thanks for listening, David.

    Although I always enjoy your comments, and especially, your praise....

    I was hoping this piece would slide off to page 2, so I could post the 2nd movement.

    Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be patient.

    Best Regards,

    Jack

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