the clarinet and piano duo here
or a truly splendid performance by Capucon and Argerich (cello, not clarinet)
Welcome to part two of our three (and a half?) part clarinet series. Today's piece was originally written for clarinet and piano, but it seems that it is more often performed on cello. That isn't against the composer's wish, though, as he'd directed that the clarinet part could be played either on violin or cello as well.
Schumann is a composer I'm not terribly familiar with, as evidenced by my poor attention to his symphonies I wrote about a year and a half or more ago, which I won't even link to. They are getting revisits at some point, but for this series, I wanted a chamber piece, a solo or piano accompaniment, and a concerto, and this is obviously the second of those. But there are some unique things about this piece that we'll talk about shortly. Let's get to the piece itself.
It was written in the span of just two days in 1849. Two days. The composer had originally decided on the title Night Pieces, but later decided to go with Fantasy Pieces, and it seems he liked the idea of 'fantasy,' not only as a Romantic-era concept, but with a sort of freeness of expression, evidenced perhaps by how quickly these pieces were written. The work is made up of three