These romances were written on three separate days during December 1849 and were presented to his wife, Clara, on Christmas.
During Schumann’s lifetime, much political upheaval was experienced in his hometown of Dresden. In early 1849, fighting had begun.
Mozart was in love with the sound of the clarinet. He wasn’t able to fully express on paper his adoration for the instrument until the last few years of his life when he met and befriended Anton Stadler. A close friend of Mozart’s and fellow Freemason, Stadler was one of the great clarinetists of Mozart’s […]
Third movement from Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Gerald Finzi was an English composer known for his musical imagery. He experienced severe loss early in his life. His father passed away when he was very young; his revered music teacher was killed in France after joining the army; and his three elder brothers passed away, all before Finzi entered his twenties. It may […]
(b London, 14 July 1901; d Oxford, 27 Sept 1956). English composer. The son of a shipbroker, he was educated privately, and studied music with Ernest Farrar (1915-16) then, when Farrar joined the army, with Edward Bairstow at York (1917-22).
Louis Cahuzac was a composer and French clarinetist known for his full and robust tone, a quality not associated with French style playing.
(b Quarante, 12 July 1880; d Luchon, 9 Aug 1960). French clarinettist. He studied with Cyrille Rose at the Paris Conservatoire, winning a premier prix in 1899.
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