Clarinet quintet

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Traditionally a clarinet quintet is a chamber musical ensemble made up of one clarinet, plus the standard string quartet of two violins, one viola, and one cello. Now the term clarinet quintet can refer to five B clarinets; four B clarinets and a bass clarinet; three B clarinets and two bass clarinets; one E clarinet, two B clarinets, and two bass clarinets; or one E clarinet, two B clarinets, one E alto clarinet, and one bass clarinet. The term is also used to refer to a piece written for one of these ensembles.


One of the earliest and most influential works for this combination of instruments is Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, written for the clarinetist Anton Stadler in 1789.[1] Although a few compositions for this ensemble were produced over the following years, including the Op. 34 clarinet quintet by Carl Maria von Weber, a composer famous for his solo clarinet compositions, it was not until Johannes Brahms composed his Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 for Richard Mühlfeld that the clarinet quintet began to receive considerable attention from composers.[2]


The Farallon Quintet claims to be the only professional chamber music group that is focused exclusively on performing the repertoire for string quartet plus clarinet.

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  1. ^ von Wurzbach, Constantin (2012). Das Mozart-Buch (Große Komponisten) (in German). Jazzybee. p. 254. ISBN 978-3-849-60237-6. 
  2. ^ Lawson, Colin (1998). Brahms: Clarinet Quintet. Cambridge Music Handbooks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-58831-7. 
  3. ^ Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  4. ^ Einstein, Alfred (1945). Mozart, His Character, His Work. Translated by Mendel, Arthur; Broder, Nathan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-500732-9. 
  5. ^ Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major, Op.34: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  6. ^ Newhill, John P. (1974). "The Adagio for Clarinet and Strings by Wagner/Baermann". Music & Letters. 55 (2): 167–171. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B-flat major, Op.44: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  8. ^ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  9. ^ Young, Percy M. (1975). "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 1875–1912". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 4 (3): 388–391. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Webb, Joseph Dee (2009). Joseph Holbrooke - A study of the published and unpublished solo and chamber works for clarinet with an annotated bibliography (Ph.D.). MA University of North Texas. OCLC 464610233. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Clarinet Quintet, Op.102: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  12. ^ Kube, Michael, ed. (2014). Max Reger, Klarinettenquintett A-Dur, opus 146, [Studienpartitur], Urtext. München: Henle. ISMN 979-0-2018-7117-2. Preface 
  13. ^ Clarinet Quintet, Op.146: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  14. ^ Evans, Edwin (1923). "Donaueschingen and Salzburg Festivals". The Musical Times. 64 (967): 631–635. doi:10.2307/913739. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Blom, Eric (1933). "The Clarinet Quintet of Arthur Bliss". The Musical Times. 74 (1083): 424–427. doi:10.2307/917988. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  16. ^ Rothenberg, Florie (1993). Music for clarinet and string quartet by women composers (Ph.D.). The University of Arizona. OCLC 701556485. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Theodore Front Musical Literature - Quintet : For Clarinet and Strings (2015).". Retrieved 2017-02-25. 

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