just found out this past Saturday that I’m playing the Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in Italy this summer.
I’m ridiculously excited.
The Brahm’s quintet is, by far, one of my favorite works for clarinet. It just oozes with sensuality, triumph, pain, love, and many other decorative adjectives.
Brahms’ came out of retirement after hearing the infamous German clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. Richard Mühlfeld playing inspired Brahms’ to compose the two Clarinet Sonatas, the trio and the Quintet. I’m not bias at all, but these works exemplify the brilliance of Brahms’ compositional output.
And, I mean, for good reason, they do after all include the clarinet!
Brahms’ had modeled his Quintet after Mozart’s. And you can hear the stark similarities between the two. From the color and treatment of the strings, to how the string quartet is treated in both works and how pivotal and dominant part they play, to even some of the thematic passage which you can hear how Brahms was inspired by Mozart.
The Brahms Quintet is a luscious and rich masterpiece that delves deep into the human soul and surfaces emotions one never thought existed. My goose bump factor goes through the roof when I listen to this Quintet.
You can hear how emotionally motivating Brahms’ works are, you can hear his pain and suffering. And for me, having had a rather rough and tenuous life growing up, can emotionally connect with Brahms on so many levels. His works have a very very special place in my heart.
He is a master of emotional manipulation and a creative force so few are capable of reckoning with.
This is going to be a great experience! I’m looking forward to working with amazing string players and making my “Brahmsian” debut in Italy!