commentary to opus 76a
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, op. 76a (1981)
II. Allegro molto
performance : October 24, 1981, Karlstadt, Rathaus
Duration: 20 Minutes
Publisher: Schott Music ED 20295 / ISMN: M-001-15000-2
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, op. 76a is written in a concertante
style, i.e. it provides the three instruments with plenty of opportunity to show
the their capacities in terms of sonority and technical flexibility.
Bertold Hummel, 21st November, 1989
Nordbayerische Nachrichten, 26th January, 1982
With a solo, the clarinet leads us into the Introduction. The rhythmically forceful Allegro molto is followed by the Fantasy, full of opportunities for individual shaping and gracious towards each instrument within the ensemble. In the scherzo-like Finale, full of activity, peaceful phases recur, and each performer has the opportunity for solo passages.
Karlstadter Tageszeitung, 28th November, 1981
The climax, however, was the première of opus 76, composed specially for this trio by Bertold Hummel only a few weeks ago. In this work for clarinet, viola and piano, the composer does honour to his name. From exciting to threateningly dramatic, this music leads the ear of the listener throughout, to the Finale with all its temperament. Hummel intended that the audience should not only hear but also perceive with the ear. He wishes to reach his listener and communicate with him in the music; in this he has been successful, as the final applause showed.