A graduation recital by clarinetist Juyong You. Juyong is a native of Seoul, South Korea. She was a student of Donald Montanaro and entered Curtis in 2009. She was the Nellie Lee Bok Fellow. Her program:
Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op.120, No.1
Juyong You, clarinet; Xiaohui Yang, piano
Johannes Brahms discovered the tonal qualities of the clarinet late in life. This is the first of two clarinet sonatas Brahms composed in 1894 for the virtuoso Richard Mühlfeld, and were the composer’s last chamber compositions before his death. Their creation led to a new interest by other composers in this hitherto neglected instrument. Brahms also transcribed these sonatas for viola.
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet
Juyong You, clarinet
Igor Stravinsky dedicated his 1918 Three Pieces for Clarinet to the Swiss philanthropist Werner Reinhart, who was an excellent amateur clarinetist. It also comes from a time in the composer’s career where he was exploring musical miniatures, like his recently completed “A Soldier’s Tale,” scored for seven instruments. In fact, it was Reinhart’s family fortune which made that work possible, and this was Stravinsky’s thank-you present. The first piece explores the clarinet’s lower register, the second is a nod to the improvisational style of jazz, and the third adapts material from “A Soldier’s Tale.”
Mozart: Quintet in A major, K. 581
Juyong You, clarinet; Eunice Kim & Katya Poplyansky, violins; Daniel Hanul Lee, viola; Nathan Vickery, cello
Mozart was a great champion of music for wind instruments. This is his only quintet featuring the clarinet, although a fragment for another such chamber work exists. The quintet dates from 1789, written for that day’s great virtuoso, Anton Stadler; it has gone on to become one of the most popular pieces in the chamber music repertoire, thanks to Mozart’s genius for melody and harmonic invention.
Music Word of the Week: Scherzo
“A quick, light movement or piece, often in triple time…it is generally in ternary form, with a contrasting middle section, or trio.”
(from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)