This edition completes our series of all three clarinet concertos by the Swedish composer and clarinettist Bernhard Henrik Crusell. Issued in Leipzig in 1811, it was his first published work but had definitely been composed several years prior to this. With its elegant head movement and the simple and moving Adagio, it is probably the most “Mozartian” of all of his three concertos, although the final rondo is reminiscent of Carl Maria von Weber. The editor and clarinettist Nicolai Pfeffer is now presenting this charming work, between Classicism and Romanticism, on the basis of the first edition. The piano reduction wonderfully fits the hands and was prepared by Johannes Umbreit on the basis of the original orchestral parts.
- Klarinettenkonzert E flat major op. 1
Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775 – 1838) was one of the most outstanding clarinet virtuosos of his time. Already in 1793 he was appointed principal clarinettist at the Royal Swedish Court Orchestra in Stockholm, where he played intermittently until 1833. Crusell gave the first Swedish performances of many key works in the repertoire, including concertos by Franz Krommer, … more
About the composer
Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Clarinetist and composer from Finland. During his lifetime his early-Romantic compositions were extremely popular even outside Scandinavia. He wrote challenging concerti for clarinet, as well as chamber music. Stemming from his interest in folk music came songs on texts by Swedish poet Esaias Tegnér. He also translated numerous opera libretti into Swedish.
|1775||Born in Uusikaupunki on October 15.|
|around 1783||He receives clarinet lessons from an army clarinetist.|
|1788||On the initiative of Major Olof von Wallenstjerna he becomes a volunteer in the music corps of the king’s widow’s personal regiment.|
|1790||Moves to Stockholm, where he is appointed director of the regimental band.|
|1793–1833||Appointed by royal music director Georg Joseph Vogler, he becomes first clarinetist of the Court Orchestra.|
|1798||Takes lessons in Berlin with Franz Wilhelm Tausch. Performances in Berlin and Hamburg as soloist.|
|from 1803||Studies composition in Paris with Henri-Montan Berton and François-Joseph Gossec. He meets the first clarinetist of the opera orchestra, Jean-Xavier Lefèvre.|
|1818||He is music director for the military bands of the royal bodyguard infantryman regiments in Stockholm.|
|1822||A trip to Carlsbad takes him through Berlin and Dresden, where he meets Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Carl Maria von Weber, and Giacomo Meyerbeer.|
|1824||His opera Den lilla slavinnan (The Little Slave Girl) is published in Stockholm.|
|1838||Dies in Stockholm on July 28.|
About the authors
The presentation of this mature work, belying its Op. 1 designation, is brought up to current musicologial standards.