Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a Danish composer known for his use of a wide range of styles. His music mimics the time period in which he lived, with some pieces containing movements that would easily belong in the Classical Period alongside contemporary sections very typical of 20th century writing. Though he is most well-known for his symphonies, Nielsen wrote many chamber works, of which his Woodwind Quintet being the most famous.
These romances were written on three separate days during December 1849 and were presented to his wife, Clara, on Christmas.
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… Continue reading Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581
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… Continue reading Five Bagatelles, Op. 23
Louis Cahuzac was a composer and French clarinetist known for his full and robust tone, a quality not associated with French style playing.
An Analysis of Haydn’s “Missa in angustiis” in D Minor and Mozart’s “Große Messe” in C Minor, K.427 Throughout the eighteenth century, there were great restrictions placed on the use of instruments in church. The Austrian government felt it necessary to pass these laws to preserve tradition1; however this was during the time of the creation of… Continue reading A "Mass" Analysis