Bernhard Crusell (1775−1838)

Quatuor [N:o 1, E-flat major] pour Clarinette, Violon, Alto et Violoncello

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1. Poco Adagio — Allegro
2. Romanze: Cantabile
3. Menuetto: Allegro — Trio — Menuetto D.C.
4. Rondo: Allegro vivace

  • Year of composition: 1803? Bernhard Päuler indicates 1812
  • Work category: 4 Instruments
  • Duration: 20 min
  • Detailed duration: 1: 7'13'', 2: 5'00'', 3: 4'11'', 4: 3'42'' (Hyperion).

Instrumentation

clar in Bb, vn, vla, vc

Examples of printed editions

Chez C.F. Peters, Bureau de Musique à Leipzig, no. 967, 1812.

Edition Kneusslin Basel, ekb, 19, publ. 1960, succeeded by Edition Kunzelmann, Lottstetten/Waldshut, Deutschland.

Amadeus Verlag - ed. Bernhard Päuler - Winterthur/Schweiz 2006, BP 1919 (partitur och stämmor)

Location for score and part material

Statens musik- och teaterbibliotek

Examples of recordings

Hyperion, CDH55031 (CD), rec. 1981, publ. 1988, 1999.
Thea King, clarinet, members of the Allegri Quartet (Peter Carter, violin, Prudence Pacey, viola, Bruno Schrecker, cello).

BIS-CD-741, 'Crusell - The Three Clarinet Quartets'
Osmo Vänskä, clarinet, Pekka Kauppinen, violin, Anu Airas, viola, Ilkka Pälli, cello, publ. Feb. 1997.

Description of work

1. Poco Adagio E-flat major 3/4, Allegro 4/4 (C)
2. Romanze: Cantabile A-flat major 3/4
3. Menuetto: Allegro E-flat major 3/4, Trio B-flat major, M.D.C.S.R.
4. Rondo: Allegro vivace E-flat major 2/4


Work comment

When hearing the performance of this clarinet quartet (around 1814), the Russian composer Michail Ivanovich Glinka (1804–57) decided to become a composer.

 Klas Gagge 2011