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Clarinet quintet no. 1 in D

Sheet Music: Score

Clarinet quintet no. 1 in D : "The Princess" / by Derek Strahan.

by Derek Strahan (1981)

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  • Instrumentation: Clarinet in A, 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    From the CD String quartet No. 1 (The key) ; Clarinet quintet No. 1 in D (The princess)


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Product details

The work is written to the memory of Princess Marie-Christiane Lichnowky (1765-1841), wife of Prince Karl Lichnowski who were Beethoven's most influential patrons, introduced to him by Count Waldstein of Bonn who was a committed Freemason. The Princess was highly intelligent an accomplished musician and shared with the composer a deep interest in the rationalist philosophies of the 18th century Enlightenment. The work's "program" is that there existed an attachment between the Princess and Beethoven that had to be kept secret for reasons of social propriety. None of Beethoven's love affairs proved lasting, but the attachment between Princess and composer did prove to be so. The Quintet is written to the 4-movement model of classical music, and is described as "a study in co-existing and equal opposites". It draws equally on the structures of classical music and the melodic character of modern dance and popular music. Thus the 1st Movement in sonata form aims to depict "Profane Love/Romantic Love" in its 1st & 2nd subjects, the 2nd slow movement "Constancy/Deceit", the 3rd Movement's Scherzo & Trio "Flirtation/Isolation", and the 4th Movement, "Fusion of Opposites", is a Rondo where 2 themes merge contrapuntally at the close leading to a lively Coda.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (70p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 28 min.

Contents note:

Profane Love/Romantic Love -- Constancy/Deceit -- Flirtation/Isolation -- Fusion of Opposites.

Dedication note: "For Lorna Key"

Includes background material, programme note and biographical notes on composer.

"This work has been frequently broadcast since 1982 from tape, LP and now CD. It has never been performed live, not once in the last 18 years" -- Composer's note, 29.10.99.

Copyright held by Derek Strahan.

Manuscript with composer.

First performance by Alan Vivian, John Gould, Irene Donohoe, Jane Hazelwood and David Pereira, at 2MBS-FM, Studio B, Sydney, for recording sessions, 1981 -- Composer's note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
classical, applied jazz, melodic

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

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