2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Friendship and Musical Collaborations of Johannes Brahms and Richard Mühlfeld


Emma C. Scherrer
Dr. Jesse Krebs, Faculty Mentor

Richard Mühlfeld (1856-1907) was one of the most prominent clarinetists of his time, amassing critical acclaim and frequently touring around Europe. He is perhaps most well-known today for being a major figure in the later career of Johannes Brahms; it was Mühlfeld’s playing that inspired Brahms to end his year-long retirement and write four seminal works for the clarinet. Interestingly, this relationship was not unique in the development of clarinet solo works, as composers throughout history from Wolfgang Mozart to Aaron Copland were inspired by and collaborated with great clarinetists of their eras. This presentation will examine the friendship between Brahms and Mühlfeld and how they influenced each others’ careers. In addition, it will show how this relationship was part of a centuries-long pattern in the development of clarinet solo works.

Keywords: Brahms, Johannes Brahms, Mühlfeld, Richard Mühlfeld, clarinet, sonata, clarinetist

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 15-2
Location: https://flipgrid.com/899114aa
Time: 0:00

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