Grand Duo Concertante

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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber (arr. Keith McDaniel)

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The original work bears the designation Opus 48, J. 204.

General Info

Year: 1815 /
Duration: c. 21:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Allegro con fuoco – 9:25
2. Andante con moto – 6:05
3. Rondo: Allegro – 6:05


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Program Notes

The Grand Duo Concertante, Opus 48, J204, is a three-movement work for clarinet and piano composed by Carl Maria von Weber from 1815 to 1816. It is a virtuosic piece for both instruments. Weber most likely composed the work for himself (on piano) and his friend Heinrich Baermann, a leading clarinetist of the era, although it has also been suggested that the intended clarinetist was Johann Simon Hermstedt.

The second and third movements were completed before the first and were probably performed in 1815 for King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria at the Nymphenburg Palace. During its composition, Weber designated the work as a sonata, but abandoned that title upon its completion. This decision reflected the work's character as more of a showcase for two virtuosos than a conventionally structured and integrated work. The first movement is in sonata form, the second movement is an Andante in C minor, and the finale is a lilting rondo in E-flat major. The British music critic John Warrack suggests the work could be referred to as a "double concerto without orchestra", reflecting the highly virtuosic roles for both performers.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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