Clarinetist Dieter Klöcker (1936-2011)

Dieter Klöcker (1936-2011)

David Glenn to Klarinet List:

Dieter Klöcker died on May 21st. He had cancer. I was at his funeral on Saturday. There were more former students of his as well as collegues from Consortium and the conservatory in Freiburg. His wife and son were looking well for the circumstances.

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7 comments for “Clarinetist Dieter Klöcker (1936-2011)

  1. Nicholas Cox
    December 3, 2011 at

    My first post to buzzing reed. Similarly rather sad about the passing of Dieter Klöcker whose investment of time and energy in rediscovering so much music was immense and impossible to over-value. I corresponded with him several years ago about the discoveries of the Mozart Clarinet Quartets that appeared first in such disarray in an edition by Kunzelmann then in similarly questionable edions from Musica Rara. I ended up re-proofreading the Kunzelmann editions before recording them for the radio in the mid 80s. I think Klöcker was keen simply to get the music out ther and play it and was less interested in probity or editions. The one oddity I found with his playing was the articulation which like his own surname seemed to have a distinct klöcking sound which was perhaps not synonymous with the finest German playing. However play he certainly could and very tastefully. Tell me is the John Peacock I read comments from the John Peacock I know from Cambridge days?

    • December 8, 2011 at

      Nicholas, I will mention your name to John, as he may not come back to read these comments.

      I have never played the Mozart quartets. Do you recommend one in particular?

  2. John Peacock
    June 3, 2011 at

    I was sad to hear this news. I first met his playing in 1974, when I was a student and recorded his Hoffmeister concerto off the radio. It was such different playing to the Brymer/de Peyer sound that dominated the UK in those days, and I was entranced – so much so that I spent many hours transcribing the Hoffmeister from the tape. He still seems to me to be one of the best German players – with a good deal of the great sound qualities of the Austrian school (Alfred Boskovsky was another discovery of the same period). We owe Klocker a lot for his exploration of little known repertoire: he’ll be missed.

    • June 7, 2011 at

      Thanks for your comment John. I had only heard snippets of his Mozart Concerto, and remembered his clear tone. Do you consider his tone to be comparable to best of Brymer?

      • John Peacock
        June 13, 2011 at

        Hi David. I don’t know if I can answer your “compare to Brymer” question, since they were so different. I guess the point is that there are certain things those very different kinds of instruments and players do best. I wouldn’t expect to enjoy Klocker (or indeed any German player) very much in the Rach 2 slow movement, but e.g. the German-style pecking staccato suits early classical music ideally. I suppose there is a common element with Brymer in that I prefer a smooth sound and shudder when I hear someone playing on a reed that’s clearly too soft (e.g. Stolzmann). When I first heard German players of the older school (e.g. Herbert Stahr), they seemed to have this deficiency in spades: a thin and unrewarding tone. So it was an education to hear Klocker and realise it didn’t have to be like that in Germany. Later German players seem to be more like Klocker than Stahr (Karl Leister; Wentzel Fuchs); but compared to Brymer I do find their sound limited, and it can’t sing out over the orchestra with the ideal mixture of purity and power (but very few modern players of any nation seem to do this – getting fussy in my old age).

      • June 23, 2011 at

        Thanks for your comment John. As usual, perceptive and detailed. Sorry it took so long to respond. When my album comes out, if no one but you likes the sound, I will be happy!!

  3. Robert Yaeger
    May 30, 2011 at

    I heard you play, Dieter Klocker, and it enriched my life. Thank you sir.

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