Four Pieces, Op. 5 (for Clarinet and Piano). By Alban Berg (1885-1935). Edited by Ullrich Scheideler. For Clarinet, Piano. Clarinet. Henle Music Folios. Softcover. 24 pages. G. Henle #HN820. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480820).
In a letter to Erwin Schulhoff, Berg bitterly complained about his unsuccessful attempt to find a publisher for his “Pieces for Clarinet,” “Once again at my own expense! A few antique pieces in my apartment had to pay for it.” The concise miniatures are outstanding examples of the “little pieces” genre, to which Arnold Schoenberg and Anton von Webern also contributed. We warmly reccommend these short but imaginative pieces in Henle Urtext to all those clarinetists who are willing to experiment.