Clarinet Sonata No. 1

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Johannes Brahms

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Subtitle: in F minor
This work bears the designation Opus 120.

General Info

Year: 1894
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unnown


1. Allegro appassionato
2. Andante un poco adagio
3. Allegretto gracioso
4. Vivace


B-flat Soprano Clarinet


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120, Nos. 1 and 2, are a pair of works written for clarinet and piano by the Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. They were written in 1894 and are dedicated to the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld.

The sonatas stem from a period late in Brahms's life where he “discovered” the beauty of the sound and tonal colour of the clarinet. The form of the clarinet sonata was largely undeveloped until after the completion of these sonatas, after which the combination of clarinet and piano was more readily used in composers’ new works.

These were the last chamber pieces Brahms wrote before his death and are considered two of the great masterpieces in the clarinet repertoire. Brahms also produced a frequently performed transcription of these works for viola with alterations to better suit the instrument.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Jessica Bell, clarinet; Erik Jenkins, piano) - 30 September 2020

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