Composing Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven

Composing Beethoven

Kilian Herold | Peter-Philipp Staemmler | Hansjacob Staemmler

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534791
Catalog number: AVI 8553479
Releasedate: 15-05-20

- Beethoven wrote only very few pieces for the clarinet. In his Trio Op. 11 he was setting the Clarinet as an option the Violin, a very unusual move.
- These days the Gassenhauer Trio is performed with Clarinet as well with Violin on a 50:50 base
- Very special are the BAGATELLE, op. 119, set for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Moments of lovely music, we all know, with another instrumentation, so much more flowering and coulorful – a world premiere recording!

Originals and Arrangements
No one knows who first gave Beethoven’s Trio Op. 11 the nickname Gassenhauer (“street song”). Neither do we know if the name was kindly intended or derogatory, chosen to boost sales or perhaps meant ironically (Heinrich Heine, for instance, would later satirize the omnipresence of a tune, sung everywhere, from Weber’s opera chorus “Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz”).

The catchy tune in Beethoven’s final movement with variations was the vocal trio “Pria ch‘io l‘impegno” (“Before I go to work”) from the comic opera L‘Amor marinaro (The Sailor’s Love), composed in 1797 by Joseph Weigl, who was a godchild of Haydn and had been pupil of Antonio Salieri.

The aria enjoyed widespread, long-term popularity: more than 30 years after the opera’s première, Paganini still delighted Vienna audiences with variations on the same tune. Beethoven wrote his instrumental trio only half a year after the première, probably fulfilling a commission by clarinetist Joseph Bähr, who is said to have asked for variations on that theme.

We cannot know whether Beethoven even liked the theme or not…….The most extended item on the program was a work with a relatively reduced lineup of musicians, a sort of reduced court orchestra: the “Septet on 4 string and 3 wind instruments, most humbly and obediently dedicated to
Her Majesty the Empress, and played by Sirs Schuppanzigh, Schreiber, Schindlecker, Bär, Nickel, Matauschek, and Dietzel” …… which remained Beethoven’s most performed work in the course of his lifetime. Beethoven himself arranged this work with an own Opus number for Clarinet, Cello and Piano around 1802 for the Publisher Breitkopf & Härtel….

When clarinetist Kilian Herold asked composer Johannes Schöllhorn to arrange a Beethoven work for trio, Schöllhorn thought of the Bagatelles Op. 119. The idea was to add a final level to a three-level concept, Composing Beethoven, consisting in an original work by Beethoven, then one of Beethoven’s arrangements of his own works, and, finally, a work by Beethoven arranged by a 21st-century composer. Schöllhorn, already wellexperienced in creative approaches to music of the past, deconstructs the original piano texture here in such a way that the resulting sound is not too lean, but opens up new areas of freedom for the pianist’s new partners.

He has conceived a light, airy trio texture brimming with discreet punch lines, interruptions, disruptions, unexpected connections, and cello sonorities ranging from sul tasto to col legno battuto, resulting in a fond, respectful homage to Beethoven.

Known as a multifaceted chamber musician, a renowned clarinet soloist, and a high-profile orchestra
musician, Kilian Herold is one of the most interesting and versatile clarinetists of his generation. After
having held the post of Principal Clarinet at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the
SWR Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Professor of Clarinet at Freiburg University of Music
in 2016.

Herold is frequently invited to guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio
Symphony Orchestra, and can be regularly seen and heard at a number of international chamber
music and contemporary music festivals.

Ever since he won the renowned ARD Music Competition in Munich as a member of the Armida
Quartet, Peter-Philipp Staemmler has been invited to perform in major music venues all over
Europe, Asia, and the US. While he was still studying at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin,
he won a series of outstanding national and international competitions, including the Concours de
Genève and the German National Music Competition.

Staemmler’s artistic and stylistic versatility as
a member of several chamber music ensembles is captured on a multitude of CD recordings. Since
2017 he has been Principal Cellist of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

Hansjacob Staemmler has performed as chamber musician in a number of different formations
with renowned colleagues in concert series and festivals in Germany, Europe, and the Far East. His
multifaceted talent is featured on several CD releases:

Staemmler has performed and recorded a
wide spectrum of repertoire ranging from the Classical period (including historical keyboards) to the
music of our times, leading to frequent collaborations with well-known composers. Having won First
Prize in the duo category at the 2009 German National Music Competition, Staemmler now teaches
chamber music at the Music Universities of Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.