List of illustrations; Preface; 1. The nineteenth-century clarinet and its music; 2. Brahms and the orchestral clarinet; 3. Brahms's chamber music before 1891; 4. The genesis and reception of the clarinet quintet; 5. Design and structure; 6. Performance practice; 7. The legacy of Brahms's clarinet music; Appendix; Select bibliography; Notes; Index.
An examination of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet, widely regarded as his supreme achievement in the field of chamber music.