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Feb. 25 2012

More Than One

By Kati Harrison | Posted in Host Blogs | Comments Off on More Than One

Is it greedy and a tad self indulgent to want, crave and desire more than one black cat, favorite fragrance or piece of music? Probably! Needless to say I am grateful for the perfectly beautiful abundance in life and music; however, this is my fantasy and my blog, so self indulgence here I go!

There are times when I listen to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and his Clarinet Quintet and yen for seconds. Though these two pieces are marvels in the repertoire, I still wonder what Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 and or Clarinet Quintet No. 2 would sound like. If Mozart had lived beyond his 35 years would he have written more than one?

César Franck, the cyclic one hit wonder, wrote one symphony, one piano quintet and one violin sonata. Masterful as these pieces are, why couldn’t he have written one more of each? Though there is little out there more beautiful than his Violin Sonata, we could all live happily with another even if it were a touch less sublime.

Both Dvorak and Elgar composed one cello concerto each and in minor keys. I’d love to hear their second cello concertos in major keys.

Speaking of Dvorak, he produced one violin concerto as did Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Aside from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, the Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky concertos are the heavy hitters in the repertoire. How ‘bout one more each fellas!

Two of the super star piano concertos were written by not one but two composers, Schumann and Grieg. They too could have written seconds in major keys. Why not?

Debussy and Ravel each wrote one string quartet. Though I love the Debussy, Ravel’s String Quartet is my favorite of the two and I wish he had written one more.

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Kati is WBJC's Operations Director and weekend host. Her full bio can be read here.

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