Wind Music

Sextet for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Strings

Carl Reinecke

Arranged by Tony Turrill from his clarinet, viola and piano trio. op. 264


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    Today,  Reinecke is perhaps not the most famous of his generation of German musicians nevertheless he was an outstanding 19th century pianist, conductor, composer and perhaps most importantly an inspiring teacher.  As professor of composition at Cologne Conservatory he numbered Bruch, Grieg, Janaceck Delius, Sullivan, Ethyl Smith and Stanford amongst his students.  When he retired from the conservatory he continued to perform as a concert pianist recognised as the finest interpreter of Mozart of his day.  He was the first to record a number of piano rolls when he was in his 80s. However in his retirement he concentrated on composition and by the time he died in 1909 he had over three hundred published works.  These included two clarinet trios this one for clarinet, viola and piano, a second for clarinet, piano with horn rather than viola although  his publisher then persuaded him to also produce a viola version. It is interesting to note that one of his students, Bruch, also wrote for this rather unusual combination.

The theme of the finale, a rondo, has a melody that once heard can properly be described as haunting. 

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