Long phrased beginning of Strauss Duett concertino

I’ll be playing this wonderful and little known piece in November, a late work of Richard Strauss, his Duett Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon with strings and harp accompaniment. The bassoon soloist is my colleague Betsy Sturdevant, whose blog you should check out, appropriately named, Bassoon Blog. Here I am playing through the gorgeous opening solo, seeing how soft I can play it since much of it is marked p.

Strauss duett concertino beginning clarinet solo
strauss beginning clarinet solo

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2 comments for “Long phrased beginning of Strauss Duett concertino

  1. November 6, 2011 at

    Hi John. I had thought of that and will probably do it. A lot depends on the tempo and how much air I have, but I intend to continue that phrase another two bars. Our Music Director will probably impose his musical ideas, including breaths and tempo.

  2. John Peacock
    November 6, 2011 at

    Hi David. A fabulous piece: I’ve never had the chance to play it, and I envy you. If I may be so bold, I’d suggest changing where you breathe around figure 1. If you take the breath at the end of the long note (i.e. start of bar 2), then it should be possible to manage without taking a breath at bar 5: doing the decrescendo there without a break is a really magical effect. Do you know the version with Manfred Weise under Kempe? He achieves that transition beautifully. In fact, for me, this is overall much the best performance: it has flow and drama, whereas a lot of other recordings are too static and can make this piece sound boring compared to the other great late works – which it isn’t.

    John

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