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    Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Adapted for duo solo clarinets; 2 Bb clarinets; a basset horn, & Bass clarinet.

    I originally finished this in 2006, but there ws a lot of work in upgrading it.

    Gary


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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Nice adaptation. I don't know the original (just listened for a bit on YouTube), but I don't miss the strings at all. It does get a very different character in your setting, less concerto-like, more like a proper quartet. Sounds like a nice piece to perform live.

    Technical point: there is clipping at some points. You might have to reduce the volume a bit.

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Thanks for listening, FL.
    I had a problem balancing the duet with the ensemble.
    It's like the soloist were twice as loud as the ensemble. The parts I fixed were a result of altering dynamics.
    I'll revisit the recording.

    Gary

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Hi, Gary - I enjoyed this one very much. Like much neo-classic music, I get a bit lost in the wandering developments, but in this case, I enjoyed the listen from start to finish. Technical challenges aside, the recording is serving the music well enough. Thanks.

    Randy

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Krommer lived from 1759 until 1831, so it's not really neo-...

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by FLWrd View Post
    Krommer lived from 1759 until 1831, so it's not really neo-...
    hehe--I knew I was going to be busted for that. You're right FLWrd. The gaps in my musical education can be shocking.

    Randy

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Thanks for listening, Randy.
    Although I studied clarinet in College and listened to a lot of clarinet music, I was unfamiliar with this.
    A group from Argentina asked me to make an arrangement for an ensemble of about 11 players. I purchased the score and made the arrangement. This group size would be easier to get together.

    I think of clarinet literature briefly as having a time-line of
    von Weber, STAMITZ, MOZART, SCHUBERT, KROMMER, ROSSINI,
    BRAHMS, MENDELSSOHN, RAVEL, COPLAND, BERNSTEIN.

    Aren't you glad I was brief. There are a few I can't remember.

    Gary

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    There are so many composers that have undeservedly been forgotten. Who's ever heard of Moscheles or aw-come-on-what's-his-name? Seems Krommer was a bit of a celebrity in his time. And this double concerto for clarinet does have some performances on YouTube, so he's got at least still a bit of a following.

    Some of the lesser known composers that I happen to like:
    - Braunfels: if you like neo/late-romantic opera, you've got to hear "The Birds" (Die Vögel). Better than Wagner.
    - Gorecki: great modern composer with a bad name for writing tonal music when he shouldn't have
    - Kodaly: fantastic instrumentation, rythm and melody
    - Lekeu: introvert romantic composer who died way too young
    - Martin: modern composer with a very particular style, not to everyone's liking
    - Torke: minimal music with a jazzy feel
    - Szymanowski: romantic but very modern sounding
    - Tubin: already forgotten Baltic composer of romantic-ish music in the 20th century

    And there are tons of others. The "classical" repertoire is really a mere a boire, and this site (and GPO) helps it stay alive.

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    Re: Krommer: Adagio for 2 clarinets & Orchestra

    Hi FL<
    I confess I've never heard any of the listed.
    It seems that Stars must be much "brighter" to have been noticed in the 20th Century or the past 9 years.

    Gary

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