Concertino for Clarinet (Weber)
Carl Maria von Weber wrote his Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat major, Op. 26, J. 109 for clarinetist Heinrich Bärmann in 1811. Weber wrote the work in three days between March 29 and April 3. Bärmann learned the work over the next three days and the command performance, for which King Maximilian I of Bavaria purchased 50 tickets, took place on the evening of April 5.
The concertino unfolds in one movement. The form is theme and variations. The piece begins with a slow introduction in C minor. The E-flat major theme is sixteen bars in length (Rice 2003, 173). The next section is marked poco più vivo. In some editions, what follows is "Variation I", though it could be argued that the previous section is actually the first variation. In any event, the so-called Variation I presents variations of the theme in triplets. The so-called Variation II is marked poco più vivo and presents sixteenth notes. The following variation is slow and in the parallel minor. The next variation is in 6/8 time. The piece concludes with a section marked con fuoco.
- Warrack, John (1976). Carl Maria von Weber (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 124–125.
- Rice, Albert. 2003. The Clarinet in the Classical Period. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-534299-4.