When instruments fall in love with each other

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A world of glitter. © Charles Thibo

Art nurturing art – glorious moments. In 1890 Johannes Brahms heard the German clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld, widely acclaimed for his musical sensitivity and his expressive way to play his instrument.  The composer was deeply impressed by Mühlfeld’s talent. Mühlfeld had suggested to Brahms to write a piece of chamber music for the clarinet and the composer gladly took up the idea. Inspiration had struck. Between May and June 1891 he wrote the Trio in A minor for piano, clarinet and cello (Op. 114) while spending the summer in the Austrian resort of Ischl.

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