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Clarinet Concertos

Academic journal article Notes

Clarinet Concertos

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Andreas Goepfert. Clarinet Concertos. Jenaer Philharmonie; Dieter Klöcker / Johannes Moesus. CPO 777 407-2, 2010.

The turn of the nineteenth century was hugely disruptive in a great number of ways, and the impacts of those various disruptions were felt in both positive and negative ways throughout every level of European society. But for the minor courts of Germany and Austria, the impacts tended to be financially challenging if not disastrous; and for the musicians at court, straitened economic circumstances combined with the listening public's inexorably shifting taste towards a less classically restrained and more romantically fulsome style to create a highly stressful environment. Some court ensembles simply disbanded for lack of funds; those musicians that remained on retainer often endured serious financial hardship. One such was the unlucky clarinetist and composer Adreas Goepfert, for whom steady work and warm recognition never translated into comfortable personal circumstances, and who died sick and impoverished. One of his greatest regrets was that he was never able-despite repeated entreaties for permission to do so-to study with Mozart, who, Goepfert felt, could have given him the training and insight he needed in order to blossom fully as a composer. …

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