Alexander Zemlinsky is mainly known for his operas and orchestral songs with their opulent late Romantic orchestration. His earlier, inspired hit, the Trio For Clarinet Op. 3, written in 1896, owes a great deal to Zemlinsky’s first important role model Johannes Brahms as far as inflection and instrumentation are concerned. It was also Brahms who, following its first performance in Vienna, enthusiastically recommended the trio to his publisher Simrock.
As the autograph has disappeared, Henle’s edition follows the musical text in the first edition. It underwent careful examination and was cleared of numerous, partly blatant engraver’s errors. Alongside the Piano score, Henle’s edition comprises a part for Clarinet in Bb/A and an authentic alternative part for Violin as well as a Cello part.