Heinrich Josef Baermann


Born: February 14, 1784; Potsdam, Germany   Died: June 11, 1847; Munich, Germany  
Although he composed several substantial works, Heinrich Joseph Baermann is remembered mainly as the clarinetist who inspired and first championed Carl Maria von Weber's two clarinet concertos and concertino. He straddled two eras; he was among the last generations of players who could secure appointments as court musicians rather than working full-time in the public eye, yet he was also one of the first successful traveling woodwind virtuosos -- Read more the man who more than any other established the clarinet as an expressive, romantic instrument.

Baermann led a colorful life that early on was closely linked to the military. He first studied oboe at the Potsdam School of Military Music and at 14 became a bandmaster in the Prussian Life Guards. About this time, he began studying the clarinet with Joseph Beer and in 1805, enjoying the patronage of Prince Louis Ferdinand, he took lessons with Tausch. He served and fought in the Prussian army and was captured by the French in the battle of Jena, but he escaped and made his way to Munich, where he obtained an appointment as court musician.

Baermann retained that court position until his retirement in 1834, but he meanwhile also concertized throughout Europe as early as 1808. After his successful performances of Weber's concerted works for clarinet, he and the composer toured to Prague and through Germany in 1811 - 1812. It was largely through Baermann's performances that the Berlin public began to appreciate Weber's music. Later, the clarinetist played to great acclaim in Italy, France, Russia, and England, including a six-month stint in London in 1819. He shared many of his concerts, as well as his bed, with the Munich singer Helene Harlas. The couple produced four children, one of whom was the clarinetist, composer, and teacher Karl (or Carl) Baermann, who in turn fathered a pianist of the same name who would wind up teaching in the U.S., claiming among his pupils Amy Beach.

The personally likable Heinrich Baermann inspired other composers as well: Mendelssohn wrote his clarinet pieces for him and Meyerbeer produced a quintet for him and a cantata, Gli amori, for both Baermann and Harlas. Baermann's tone was smoother and richer than that of many of his contemporaries and his playing was particularly expressive. He himself wrote clarinet teaching pieces and exercises that remained in use, particularly in Germany, through the twentieth century. His concert works -- chamber and orchestral pieces all centered on the clarinet -- have fared less well. The one Baermann piece that circulated at all widely was the adagio from his 1821 Clarinet Quintet No. 3, Op. 23, which was for more than a century misattributed to Richard Wagner. The piece was finally re-published under Baermann's name in 1971, but once shorn of the Wagner connection, the adagio enjoyed fewer performances. Read less
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  • 1.
    Baermann: Quintets for Clarinet and String Quartet / Meier, Belenus Quartet
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 901 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann
    Performer:  Rita Karin Meier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belenus Quartet
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  • 2.
    The Recital Clarinetist / Janice Minor
    Label: Summit Education   Catalog: 645 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Ernesto Cavallini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Joseph Küffner  ... 
    Performer:  Paulo Steinberg,  Janice Minor
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    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Works For Clarinet And Orchestra / Sabine Meyer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6055622 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Krommer,  Gioachino Rossini,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
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    The Lyrical Clarinet / Michael Collins
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10637 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norbert Burgmüller,  Gerald Finzi,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Collins,  Michael McHale
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    Ultimate Classical Relaxation - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079002 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia de Larrocha,  Neil Black,  Tess Miller,  Carmel Kaine  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Thurston Dart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Cohler On Clarinet - Brahms, Weber, Bärmann, Sargon
    Label: Ongaku   Catalog: 5637253536 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Simon Sargon,  Heinrich Josef Baermann
    Performer:  Judith Gordon,  Jonathan Cohler
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    Label: Clarinet Classics   Catalog: 10027 Release Date: 09/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Iwan Müller  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Heaton,  Victoria Soames,  Julius Drake,  Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Ritchie  ... 
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    H.j. Baermann: Klarinettenkonzerte / Dieter Klocker, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 65011 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker
    Conductor:  Milan Lajcik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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    Candlelight Classics - Music For Romance
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4025 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Aram Khachaturian,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Johnson,  Xu Wei,  Pamela Nicholson,  Yitkin Seow  ... 
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Schenck,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Guitar Trio
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    Baermann, Piston, Debussy, Weber: Concertos / Harold Wright
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1028 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Walter Piston
    Performer:  Harold Wright
    Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein,  Max Hobart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Symphony Orchestra,  Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston
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    Dieter Klocker - The Art Of The Clarinet - Haydn, Weber, Etc
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 542001 Release Date: 06/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Etienne Solère,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Theodor von Schacht  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker,  Anja Lechner,  Helmut Nicolai,  Simon Fordham  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Lajcik,  Hans Stadlmair,  Holger Schröter-Seebeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Consortium Classicum soloists,  Berlin Philharmonia String Quartet  ... 
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    Meyerbeer, Spohr, Busoni, Barmann: Clarinet Works / Klöcker
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 213901 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Louis Spohr,  Giacomo Meyerbeer
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum,  Berlin Philharmonia String Quartet
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    The Virtuoso Clarinet / Jack Brymer, Felix Prohaska
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 8090 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Heinrich Josef Baermann,  Franz Krommer
    Performer:  Jack Brymer
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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