As a student of music in West Virginia, I decided to play Brahms' "First Sonata for Clarinet and Piano" as my solo for this year. When I first started practicing it, I realized that though some of the melodies were challenging, especially in the second movement, but after working at them, I soon picked up on them. Though the altissimo notes don't go higher than F, some of the lower notes and rhythms are more challenging as a result. The third movement, in my opinion, is very beautiful. It has mainly lower notes, but they blend together in a very lovely way.
In all, I highly recommend this piece for students, but not necessarily for professionals.
Jon - (West Virginia)
I struggled with Brahms other sonate but got to like it so much (especially the second movement) that I bought this one too! Sounds great and I expect it to be like the other - it will grow on you but is initially difficult to learn.
- (Newtownards, United Kingdom)
By far one of my Favourite, brahms is an exceptional composer of clarinet music and love this one along which the sonata in E Flat, really enjoyable to play, some good technical bits to get your teeth into and sound brilliant when complete....Good addition to a diploma recital!
- (Barnsley, United Kingdom)