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.
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.
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.
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.
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.