Clarinet quintet

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]

Works for clarinet quintet

See also


  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 (IMSLP)
  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 (IMSLP)
  6. Newhill, John P. (1974). "The Adagio for Clarinet and Strings by Wagner/Baermann". Music & Letters. 55 (2): 167–171. doi:10.1093/ml/lv.2.167. JSTOR 733851.
  7. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B-flat major, Op.44: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  8. Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  9. Young, Percy M. (1975). "Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 1875–1912". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 4 (3): 388–391. doi:10.1080/1369183x.1975.9975391.
  10. Webb, Joseph Dee (2009). Joseph Holbrooke – A study of the published and unpublished solo and chamber works for clarinet with an annotated bibliography (DMA). University of North Texas. OCLC 464610233. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  11. Clarinet Quintet, Op.102: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  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 (IMSLP)
  14. Evans, Edwin (1923). "Donaueschingen and Salzburg Festivals". The Musical Times. 64 (967): 631–635. doi:10.2307/913739. JSTOR 913739.
  15. Blom, Eric (1933). "The Clarinet Quintet of Arthur Bliss". The Musical Times. 74 (1083): 424–427. doi:10.2307/917988. JSTOR 917988.
  16. Yoo, Youngdae (2000). Isang Yun: His Compositional Technique as Manifested in the Two Clarinet Quintets (DMA). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 7176. ISBN 9780599682269.
  17. Rothenberg, Florie (1993). Music for clarinet and string quartet by women composers (DMA). The University of Arizona. OCLC 701556485. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  18. Ross, Alex (16 October 1996). "Milton Babbitt's Clarinet Quintet". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  19. Smith, Steve (1 May 2008). "Quintet of Calming Strings and a Rumbling Clarinet". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  20. AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
  21. "Theodore Front Musical Literature – Quintet : For Clarinet and Strings (2015)". Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  22. Rodriguez, Pablo L. (26 April 2017). "Catábasis – El compositor Jörg Widmann muestra en su "Quinteto con clarinete" su lado más íntimo y melancólico". El Pais (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
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