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Berg: Four Pieces for clarinet and piano performed by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud

Duration : 8 minutes

Alexandre Tharaud and Jean-Guihen Queyras perform the Four Pieces for clarinet and piano op.5 by Alban Berg, transcribed for cello and piano. Concert recorded on 1 February 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).

The Four Pieces op.5by Alban Berg were originally composed for clarinet and piano. At the age of 28 in 1913, Berg wrote the works at a time when the short works were particularly popular amongst musicians. Arnold Schoenberg had just created his Six Little Piecesop.19 for piano and Anton Webern was in the midst of composing his Bagatelles op. 9 for string quartet.

The work was first performed on 17 October 1919 in Vienna and was dedicated to the Society for Private Musical Performances of Vienna, a society founded and directed by Arnold Schoenberg. By bringing the clarinet into, Berg clearly followed in the footsteps of Johannes Brahms.  

By their overall structure (moderate pace, very slow, very fast, and slow), these four works take the form of a miniature sonata, as noted by musicologist Alain Poirier. According to Pierre Boulez, each one ressembles a "beginning, and "hints at unexpressed elongations, beyond the physical notation".

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Auditorium de Radio France
Composer
Alban Berg
All artists
  • Jean-Guihen QueyrasPerformer
  • Alexandre TharaudPerformer