Stanford, Charles V: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 80. Rental
Full score and instrumental material
Duration: 22 minutes
For solo clarinet, two flutes, two oboes, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings
The Clarinet Concerto opus 80 by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford is among his most popular and enduring instrumental pieces, and one of the few clarinet concertos from the romantic period to be a permanent addition to the repertoire. It was written for the celebrated virtuoso Richard Mühlfeld, whose playing was the inspiration for the late chamber works for clarinet by Stanford’s musical hero Johannes Brahms. In the event, however, Mühlfeld declined to give the premiere, which was presented by the eminent British soloist Charles Draper at a Philharmonic Society concert on 2 June 1904 at the Queen’s Hall, London, conducted by the composer. Stanford was known for his irascible nature. The autograph, which has been consulted in the preparation of this performing material, very visibly bears in Beethovenian fashion the scratching out of the original dedicatee’s name on the front cover.
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