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Concertpiece No 2

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Gee)


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This work bears the designation Opus 114. It may also be known by its German title, Konzertstuck.


General Info

Year: 1831 / 1964
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $5.75


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In September 1831 Mendelssohn arrived in Munich as one stop on his two-year grand tour of Europe. There he composed and premiered his G minor Piano Concerto, and also visited with Heinrich Barmann and his two clarinet-playing sons, Carl and Heinrich Jr. In October Mendelssohn made an arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1, for two clarinets, basset horn, and bassoon for a musical party at the Barmanns, and it succeeded so well that he was inspired to write two original concertpieces for clarinet, basset horn, and piano for Heinrich Sr. and Carl the next year, published posthumously as Op. 113 (F minor) and Op. 114 (D minor).

Both works are disposed in three movements (fast-slow-fast) and require a masterly technique that serves as testimony to the highly developed skills of the Barmanns. The opening Presto of the Concertpiece No. 2 is the most dramatic movement in either work; the Andante is animated by an incessant, wide-ranging broken-chord accompaniment; and the closing movement is a scintillating showpiece for the paired clarinets.

- Program Note by Orange County Wind Symphony


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Western Connecticut (Wilton) Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble (Albert Montevalvo, conductor; David Radovich and John Lissauer, clarinet) – 4 March 2019
  • Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Meadville, Penn.) (Timothy Foley, conductor; Michael and Ruth MacDonald, clarinet) – 18 June 2017
  • Orange County (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor; Christy Mazzaferro and Monica Cummins, clarinets) - 12 April 2015
  • Philharmonic Youth Winds (Singapore) (Adrian Chiang, conductor; Desmond Chow and Liang Jiayi, clarinets) - 23 December 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Mendelssohn-Bartoldy, F.; Gee, H. (1964). Concertpiece No. 2: 2 Solo Clarinets with Band [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.