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Acht Stücke, Op. 83 Max Bruch (1838-1920)
No. I Andante
No. II Allegro con moto
No. III Andante con moto
No. IV Allegro agitato
No. V Rumanische Melodie
No. VI Nachtgesang
No. VII Allegro vivace, ma non troppo
No. VIII Moderato
Max Bruch was inspired by his son, Max Felix, a gifted clarinettist, to write the Acht Stücke (Eight Pieces) in 1910 when he was 72. Having already written the only (until the later twentieth century) double concerto for clarinet and viola, Bruch was greatly interested in new instrument combinations in his writing, and in fact numbers 3, 5 and 6 were originally for harp, clarinet and viola. Although published together, the eight pieces do not form a cycle and Bruch did not intend them to be strictly performed in this order or in an entirety without break or interjection. These Eight Pieces show a final successful return to chamber music for the mature Bruch, and with them he retired from composition.