Musica non grata: Zemlinsky-Brahms-Berg
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Národní muzeum - České muzeum hudbyApproximate running time
1 hour, no intermission
Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio, probably his most popular chamber music work, meets its counterpart: the one of Johannes Brahms. Zemlinsky wrote his Trio for clarinet, piano and violoncello in the late 1890s for a competition of Wiener Tonkünstler-Verein (The Vienna Tonkünstler-Verein), the music of Brahms certainly in his mind: “I remember how it was also considered particularly praiseworthy among my colleagues to compose as ‘Brahmsian’ as possible”, Zemlinsky later looks back on this time. “We were also soon notorious in Vienna as dangerous ‘Brahmines’”. – In the concert Zemlinsky’s Trio can be heard alongside the Brahmsian work. The program is supplemented by four small miniatures for clarinet and piano by Alban Berg, for whom Zemlinsky campaigned in his years in Prague.
Perform: Karl-Heinz Steffens and Friends
Johannes Brahms: Trio for piano, clarinet and violoncello in A minor, op. 114
Alban Berg: Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, op. 5
Alexander Zemlinsky: Trio for piano, clarinet and violoncello in D minor, op. 3