Concertino Opus 26
Concertino Opus 26 (Solo for Clarinet and Band). Composed by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826). Arranged by Charles Lhomme. For concert band. Arrangements of Classical Compositions/Solo Concerts/Clarinet Solo and Band. Solo and Band Series. Recorded on Festival a Kerkrade (ML.311013720). Grade 5. Full set. Duration 9 minutes, 6 seconds. Published by Molenaar Edition (ML.010168060).
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) was a pupil of Michael Haydn. Before he was fifteen years old he had already composed an opera, a mass and piano music. He was subsequently director of the Prague Opera House and Music Master at the Dresden Court. The overtures to his operas DER FREISCHUTZ and OBERON are still often performed by wind bands, though it is often lesser known that von Weber also wrote pieces for 'Harmoniemusik', such as a CONCERTINO IN C for oboe and small wind band. Von Weber wrote most of his clarinet works for the famous German clarinettist Heinrich Barmann (1784-1874). This was the case for his CLARINET CONCERTO No1 in F and his CLARINET CONCERTO No2 in Eb and for the CONCERTINO, all composed in 1811. Von Weber was very impressed by Barmann's virtuosity and the expressiveness of the clarinet. The CONCERTINO is one of the very great works of the classical clarinet repertoire. A slow introduction is followed by a cheerful theme repeated with several contrasting variations. This pre-eminently romantic clarinet piece was scored for symphonic band by the French composer and arranger Charles Lhomme (Hargicourt 1889).