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Regarded by many as Brahms' first real chamber work, the Clarinet Quintet is here placed in the context of chamber music in general, Brahms' own earlier music, and the history and repertory of the clarinet generally. In addition to providing a detailed analysis, Colin Lawson pays special attention to performance traditions and also to the influence of Brahms' music on later composers. This handbook is the first comprehensive study of this work and it reflects the author's wide experience both as performer and scholar.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; 1. The nineteenth-century clarinet and its music; 2. Brahms and the orchestral clarinet; 3. Brahms's chamber music before 1891; 4. The genesis and reception of the clarinet quintet; 5. Design and structure; 6. Performance practice; 7. The legacy of Brahms's clarinet music; Appendix; Select bibliography; Notes; Index.