Johannes Brahms: Opus 120 No. 1

Johannes Brahms Opus 120 No. 1
Opus 120 No. 1

Johannes Brahms: Opus 120 No. 1

Opus:
op. 120/1
Year of composition:
1986
Subtitle:
Sonata for Clarinet (or viola) and piano (1894)
Scored for:
transcribed for clarinet (or viola) and orchestra
Composer:
Johannes Brahms
Arranger:
Luciano Berio (1986)
Soloists:
clarinet in Bb; viola
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 3 - 3 2 1 0 - timp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
trombone
timpani
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Commission:
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Duration:
25’
Dedication:
a Franco e Barbara Debenedetti, affettuosamente
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Work introduction

We owe the composition of Brahms’ two clarinet sonatas, Clarinet Trio and Clarinet Quintet to Richard Mühlfeld, the great instrumentalist whom Hans von Bülow had introduced to the composer. Brahms wrote in a letter to Mühlfeld, “I have not been so impulsive as to write a concerto for you.” However, Berio did, in 1986. (His version for viola corresponds to Brahms’, who wrote a viola version since the clarinet was not yet such a common solo instrument at the time). Berio’s orchestration is faithful to Brahms; the result is that the music literature has become richer by two concert works by Brahms.

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Opus 120 No. 1

Johannes Brahms: Opus 120 No. 1

full score
transcribed for clarinet (or viola) and orchestra , 25’
Instr.: 2 2 2 3 - 3 2 1 0 - timp, str

World première

Location:
Los Angeles
Date:
06.11.1986
Orchestra:
Los Angeles Philharmonic

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