Video- Clarinet Finger Love Fest in Brahms Schoenberg Giant Orchestration

This past weekend the Columbus Symphony played a ring dinger of a piece, both musically and technically; the Schoenberg arrangement/transcription of the Brahms Piano Quartet Opus 25.

It’s like playing a Brahms symphony on Mahler steroids and sounding at times like a huge Bach Toccata.

This music presents daunting challenges, from intonation and balance issues due to the thick orchestration, to the numerous technically difficult licks.

In this video I demonstrate and offer practice tips on many clarinet excerpts from this gorgeous music.

The clarinet sheet music for the excerpts are below, if you wish to refer to them while watching the video. Enjoy and happy music making.

This sheet music page has the first two excerpts (opening melody and mms 33-37)-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 1

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 1

This page has the third excerpt sixteenths descending in large skips-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 2

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 2

This page has the second movement Intermezzo slinky clarinet solo-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 3

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 3

This page has excerpts third movement Andante con Moto melody and the 32nds accompaniment excerpt (mms 877-879)-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 4

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 4

This page has the gypsy melody which opens the last movement, and a very tricky lick which requires using “falsetto” fingerings (mms 877-879)-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 5

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 5

This page has two of the gypsy dance runs with large skips-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 6

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 6

This page has the third gypsy dance run in another key using the double side keys-

Brahms Schoenberg clarinet 7

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 7

This page has the end of the Eb cadenza runs down, and the 1st clarinet cadenza solo right after that-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 8

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 8

This page has the original Bb solo cadenza run which is transposed to A on the previous page, and the last statement of the gypsy sixteenths, this time double tongued (mms 1152-55)-

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 9

Brahms Schoenberg Clarinet 9

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2 comments for “Video- Clarinet Finger Love Fest in Brahms Schoenberg Giant Orchestration

  1. Justin
    January 12, 2012 at

    Great playing Mr. Thomas. Are you still playing your Hawkins B?

    • January 12, 2012 at

      Thanks. Yes I am. Who is this? I don’t recognize the email address.

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