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 Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: complexmic 
Date:   2019-06-09 10:26

What tempo do u guys usually use? Thx in advance!

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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-06-09 17:54

In terms of a raw, basic pulse I'd go with 94 beats per minute. But Brahms is more fluid than just that. You have to organically allow the pulse to shift with the moment.

.............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2019-06-09 23:37

Perhaps it would be useful to remember Brahms's own statement regarding metronomes: "I myself have never believed that my blood and a mechanical instrument go well together"!

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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-06-10 00:04

94 beats per minute... but only in the first measure.

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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-06-10 06:49

Rather than set a metronome to someone else's favorite tempo, you might instead look up as many video performances as you can find on YouTube (there are probably a few hundred) to get an impression of what Allegro amabile means to a variety of players. Don't listen to only one or two - you may just imitate a specific player's tempo without having any real commitment to it. Once you have an impression of the movement's character, sing through the first few bars of the clarinet part without a metronome and find a tempo that makes sense to you. And keep in mind that the few measures with sixteenth notes shouldn't end up sounding frantic. I doubt, if you've listened to enough different approaches, that you'll pick a "wrong" tempo.


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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: Andrez444 
Date:   2019-06-11 14:55

Indeed there exist hundreds of recordings of this work together with their interpretations.

Favourites of mine would include Gervase de Payer with Daniel Barenboim and Karl Leister and Ferenc Bognor. Very contrasting performances but equally compelling.

I would be very interested in what others think also.

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 Re: Brahms clarinet sonata no.2 first movement
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-06-11 14:59

My favorite: Yona Ettlinger.

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