Kalkbrenner – Quintet for clarinet, horn, cello, double bass & piano/ Spohr – Quintet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano


Friedrich Kalkbrenner was a German composer and piano manufacturer from the early 1800s living in Paris. He wrote about 200 piano works, and might be the only composer that actually turned filthy rich from his business. Mainly by transcribing Beethoven symphonies for piano, something that Liszt later also discovered.

My collection doesn’t have much music for wind instruments. Listening to these works makes me realize why: I’m bored to bits. I cannot find anything at fault with the composition, it’s just the sound of the instruments.

No matter how long I’ve been searching for a connection, I cannot find one between Friedrich and Paul Kalkbrenner btw. If you don’t know who that is, you’re reading the right blog, because I don’t usually listen to his music. However, the techno producer from Leipzig is quite successful.

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