Thomas Sleeper, composer

composer, conductor
Credits: Thomas Sleeper, Orchestrator and conductor; Margaret Donaghue. soloist, Ruse State Philharmonic

Brahms: Sonata For Clarinet Opus 120, No2 arr. for orchestra by Sleeper

Live performance of Thomas Sleeper’s orchestration of the Sonata No. 2 in Eb . Margaret DOnaghue, soloist and the Ruse Philharmonic. Sleeper, conducting.

Sleeper's arrangement uses as its models not only Brahms’ orchestral music, but his chamber music as well, employing moments reminiscent of the Clarinet Trio and Quintet for transparency and clarity. Brahms’ orchestration of the Opus 56aVariations on a Theme of Haydn was especially revealing as it also exists in the version for piano four hands. The Concerto for Violin, Opus 77 and the Piano Concerto in Bb Major, Opus 26 were studied for their treatment of the solo instrument in the orchestral setting as well as the relationship of the original piano part to the final orchestral score.
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