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Andante con moto K 72
Suite K 88
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Andantino K 107
Serenade K 108
Novelette K 116


Among the earliest surviving juvenile compositions by Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924) is a series of pieces for the clarinet, most of them with piano accompaniment. He had good cause to write them: his father Ferdinando Busoni was a clarinettist who wrote a Scuola per il clarinetto in 1883 and made a reputation for himself by undertaking concert tours in Italy and abroad; his... more


About the Composer


Ferruccio Busoni

Important composer, pianist, conductor, and music essayist who advocated for classicality and classicism in a mode of thought aligned with progress. In addition, he adapted and transcribed quite a few works, especially those of Johann Sebastian Bach.

1866Born in Empoli on April 1, the son of a clarinetist and a pianist. His parents foster his musical education. Prodigy: early career as a pianist.
1887String Quartet in D minor, Op. 26.
from 1888Piano instructor in Helsinki, Moscow, and Boston.
1890Participates in the piano and composition categories of the Rubinstein Competition in St. Petersburg with his Sonata No. 1 in E minor, for violin and piano, Op. 29; the Two Pieces for Piano, Op. 30a; and Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 31a. This last piece wins the first prize in composition.
1894Moves to Berlin.
1897/1904Comedy Overture, Op. 38.
1903–04Concerto, Op. 39, for piano, orchestra, and male choir in five movements with a concluding choral movement.
1907Essay: “Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music.”
1909“Berceuse élégiaque,” Op. 42.
1909–10Second tour of America.
1910“Fantasia contrappuntistica” for piano as an attempt to find a conclusion for Bach’s “Art of Fugue.”
1912Performance in Hamburg of his opera “Die Brautwahl” (“The Bridal Choice”).
1913Director of the Liceo Musicale in Bologna.
1915Rondò arlecchinesco, Op. 46.
1915–20Living in Zurich, due to the war.
1917Performances in Zurich of his operas “Turandot” and “Arlecchino”; they draw upon the Commedia dell’arte.
1920Director of a master class at the Prussian Arts Academy in Berlin. Tanzwalzer, Op. 53.1922 Essay “On the Unity of Music.”
1924Dies in Berlin on July 27.
1925Posthumous performance in Dresden of his opera “Doktor Faust.”

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About the Authors



Georg Meerwein (Editor)

Prof. Georg Meerwein, born 1932 in Bickensohl am Kaiserstuhl, first studied Protestant church music at the Badische Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, but then changed over to orchestral music with oboe as his main subject at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg.

Meerwein performed as a soloist all over the world for several decades and was also a visiting professor at universities in Europe and Latin America, including at the Universidade Federal da Bahia Brazil from 1958 to 1961. Between 1989 and 2009 he gave master-classes in many South American countries. From 1962 to 1996 he was solo oboist and cor anglais player with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. As well as numerous radio and television appearances, Meerwein has, amongst other things, also made a recording of Mozart’s Piano Quintet K. 452 with Ingrid Haebler for Philips. He died on 25 December 2016.


Klaus Schilde (Fingering)

Prof. Klaus Schilde, born in 1926, spent his childhood in Dresden. There he was greatly influenced by Walter Engel, who taught him the piano (Kodaly method), composition and violin. From 1946–1948 he studied at the music conservatory in Leipzig with Hugo Steurer. After moving to the west in 1952 he studied with Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer, as well as with Marguerite Long, Lucette Descaves and Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Schilde won numerous prizes. From 1947 onwards he gave concerts as a soloist and chamber musician on almost every single continent with renowned orchestras. He taught at the music conservatories in East Berlin Detmold, West Berlin, Munich, Tokyo (Geidai) and Weimar. From 1988–1991 he was President of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where he also taught for decades as a professor. There are numerous radio and television broadcasts with Klaus Schilde as well as CD recordings. Schilde has contributed fingerings to almost 100 Henle Urtext editions.

Prof. Klaus Schilde passed away on 10 December, 2020.