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A few words from Marilyn Strevens
I discovered this piece of music for the cello, Lyrica No. 5, a series of lyrical pieces for the
cello encompassing classical, romantic and modern composers, selected for use at the
Royal Conservatory of Music at Leipzig and also for concert use. These were arranged
for cello by Julius Klengel and piano by Carl Reinecke. It is a virtuoso piece showing the
versatility of the cello and in this arrangement, the Bass Clarinet. Unfortunately there is no
reference from where the Andante came or the instrumentation.
Klengel’s father an amateur musician, gave Julius his first musical instruction. Once it
became clear he enjoyed the cello, he was enrolled as a pupil of Emil Hegar, principal
cellist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Klengel became a member of that orchestra
at the age of 15, and principal cellist at 22. In the same year, 1881, he was appointed “Royal
Professor” of cello at the Leipzig Conservatory.
Carl Reinecke, was a German pianist, composer, conductor and teacher. He did all his
studying with his father, a teacher and writer on musical subjects. Reinecke made several
concert tours. He taught counterpoint and piano at the Cologne Conservatory and was
music director first at Barmen then at Breslau University He held the important posts of
conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra and teacher of piano and composition at
the Leipzig Conservatory from 1860.
Part Bass clarinet
Standard: Grade 8+
Length: 4 minutes