|Title||Beethoven: 'Eyeglass' Duo, WoO 32|
|Instrumentation||Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Duet|
|Range||Extended-range instrument NOT required.|
This work, attributed to early in Beethoven's output, was left as an unfinished manuscript, just two movements of what likely was intended to be a three- or four-movement work. The lack of dynamics or articulation marks leave much up to the performers when playing the opening Allegro-style movement and the Minuet and Trio which follows.
This transcription allows for the work, originally for viola and 'cello, to be comfortably played on clarinet and bass clarinet, with no requirement for an extended-range instrument. One or both movements could make a lovely addition to a recital, or would make an excellent choice for a contest piece.
The reference in Beethoven's title to 'obligato eyeglasses' is explained in a letter by the young composer to a friend, apparently because both would need to wear their glasses in order to read through his newly-composed duet!
Listen to the work in its original instrumentation!
Duo Score: 11 pages, spiral bound