Mendelssohn Concertpieces for 2 Clarinets

The following audio tracks are from a live performance at the Ohio State University in February, 2009.

Felix Mendelssohn Concert Pieces, Opp. 113 and 114, composed in 1832, were originally for clarinet and Basset Horn. Written as bravura pieces, each one is a self-contained mini concerto with three movements. Together, they make a nice matching pair. In this arrangement for two clarinets, Columbus Symphony Orchestra colleague Robert 'Woody' Jones played as many licks as possible down an octave to give the tonal weight of the Basset Horn.

Caroline Hong, piano, organized this wonderful tribute to Mendelssohn for his 200th. It was a great collaboration between The Ohio State University and the Columbus Symphony, which I hope will happen more often.

Here is some informative and entertaining background to the pieces, which I quote from Presto Classical.

Heinrich Baermann and his son Carl were two of the great clarinet virtuosos of the 19th century, their artistry celebrated the length and breadth of Europe.To their friendship with Felix Mendelssohn we owe the latter's two Concert Pieces opp. 113 and 114, works associated with an amusing anecdote retold by Carl Baermann, who reports that the alternative title of the first piece, 'grand duet for sweet yeast dumpling and cream puff, clarinet and basset-horn', stems from a culinary duel fought between him and Mendelssohn in Berlin at the end of 1832. By preparing yeast dumplings and cream puffs, Baermann apparently persuaded Mendelssohn to respond to a commission that his father had given him some time earlier, encouraging him to slave away at his 'piano stove', while he himself busied himself in the kitchen. It cannot be said that either of these two works simmers at a low heat or that the second of them should be "thrown into the fire", as Mendelssohn himself insisted.

Enjoy!

Felix Mendelssohn Concert Piece 1-

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Felix Mendelssohn Concert Piece 2-

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5 comments for “Mendelssohn Concertpieces for 2 Clarinets

  1. crni
    May 18, 2010 at

    How can i download the second piece, it's very lovely i'd like to have it for my music collection if possible?

  2. December 29, 2009 at

    woah..this is really nice..it's my first time listening to it!

  3. December 25, 2009 at

    It would seem that not all of my comment did not post –
    Excellent choice of concertpieces for clarinet. Many thanks for the share & media content.

  4. December 25, 2009 at

    I'm sure I've already tweeted this, but I have always enjoyed Mendelssohn's compositions. His "Messiah" (obviously not clarinet related) I hear came during a time of a religious reformation.

  5. Tim
    December 23, 2009 at

    Very nice! Ed Palanker has a very interesting recording you might enjoy of this piece arranged for soprano and bass as played by Ricardo Morales (soprano) and himself (bass). The recordings can be found at his website (eddiesclarinet.com) under live bass recordings.

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