Harald genzmer: unexplored works for clarinet
Harald Genzmer’s oeuvre includes many compositions involving the clarinet that are of high quality but have received little exposure. While all of his works for clarinet are published, dishearteningly few have been recorded. This manuscript and accompanying recording project were inspired by this deficiency, in the hope that with further exposure Genzmer’s clarinet works will become a core part of the repertoire. To that end, this manuscript explores the life of Harald Genzmer, discusses his experiences studying with Paul Hindemith (whose influence informed much of Genzmer’s compositional style), and provides a description of the three works recorded for this project: Sonatine für Klarinette und Klavier (1967), Trio für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott (1994), and Bläserquintett für Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Horn und Fagott (1956–57).