Author: Simon Aldrich
Date: 2017-03-19 20:15
>Do you think it would be a much to do all five of these songs at a recital?
It would not be too much in terms of length. However, in reading through the songs with my pianist, I found some of the arrangements are more convincing and interesting than others. Regarding the songs arranged for clarinet, I found two of them worked less well, "Verlorne Muh" and, disappointingly, "Ich bin der Welt". "Ich bin" is my favourite Mahler song, and the song to which I was most looking forward. Being a slow song, it relies on the sustain of the strings. Piano decay changes the song greatly, and some of the arrangement decisions I found curious, having arranged this song myself for various combinations.
>Are the songs arrranged for flute the same ones?
Among the five songs arranged for flute, three are different. Kornfeil arranges three different songs for flute and from the clarinet collection, includes "Rheinlegendchen" (transposed up a tone into A major for flute) and "Oft denk' ich" (in the same key, Eb).
>If this is not the case, maybe a couple of them would be
>suited to the clarinet.
Exactly. I found the first song in the flute collection, "Wer hat dies Liedel erdacht?" a good arrangement and it is idiomatic on the clarinet.
As you might hear in the youtube video performance of the flute pieces, some do not suit the clarinet as they sit in the high register of the flute, too high for the clarinet. Kornfeil seems to know what he is doing, as the the arrangements work very well for flute, but are too high for clarinet and are much less effective down the octave (I tried this).
For my recital I played three of the clarinet arrangements and one of of the flute arrangements. They were, in my opinion, the four best arrangements and the total timing of the four was good (ca. 10 minutes).
Post Edited (2017-03-19 20:17)