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Sharon Kam, Brahms, Clarinet Sonata nr. 1

Sequence published on 4/14/21
Composer : Johannes Brahms
Year of composition : 1894
Artistic period : 19th century
Musical category : Sonata
Academy : Academy Apr. 11 - Apr. 18, 2021
Master(s) : Sharon Kam
Student : Jules Baeten
Date of recording : 10/22/21
Instrument(s) played :

"Here it's really basic, intense Brahms. So you don't just play comfortably. Ever. Not one note in the piece." Sharon Kam

About the Clarinette class of Sharon Kam on the Sonate n°1

Master class Clarinette par Sharon Kam | Brahms, Sonate n°1

Intonation is a topic that covers much of this entire class on the second movement of this
Brahms Sonata, No. 1. 

In addition, the master performs a large number of indications to work more clearly and neatly
on the theme (“it's an asymmetrical theme”), the direction (“think about where you going”), the
execution of certain intervals, the importance of the preparation (“The bigger the interval, the
more time you need”, “taking less time than a fifth than a seventh. Brahms does it all the time”),
phrasing (“What is natural? Closer to the singing voice”), and the connection between notes. To
work on these aspects of the piece, the master indicates different exercises (repeating each
interval separately, playing extremely slowly, thinking about the amount of air for each interval,
etc.).
At times it becomes very specific, so it´s also very challenging, and other times it gets more
general and covers not only this sonata but key issues for the interpretation of chamber music. 

What we learn in this Clarinette Master class

- It is important to think about where you going
- This music is romantic.
- The bigger the interval, the more time one needs
- About phrasing: the natural is to get closer to the singing voice.

About Johannes Brahms's work

Johannes Brahms, Clarinet Sonata No.1, Op.120, the second movement The Clarinet Sonatas -Nos. 1 and 2-, are a pair of works written in 1894 -for clarinet and pianoand are dedicated to the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. The sonatas stem from a period late in Brahms's life where he “discovered” the beauty of the sound and tonal color of the clarinet.
The form of the clarinet sonata was largely undeveloped until after the completion of these sonatas, after which the combination of clarinet and piano was more readily used in composers’ new works. These were the last chamber pieces Brahms wrote before his death and are considered two of the great masterpieces in the clarinet repertoire. Brahms also produced a frequently performed transcription of these works for viola with alterations to better suit the instrument.
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