Jugend for Flute, Clarinet, Horn & Piano, Op.139a
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) was born in the German town of Oberndorf am Neckar. He studied piano and composition at Leipzig Conservatoire with Carl Reinecke and Salomon Jadassohn. Though he had intended to work as a composer, he initially pursued a career as a concert pianist. His original name was simply Karg, however, at the suggestion of his concert agent, he added Elert. He served for a time as professor at Magdeburg Conservatory and later taught piano and composition at the Leipzig Conservatory. He later became interested in the harmonium and then the organ and became proficient on both and his compositions for organ are considered among the most important of the 20th century. He eventually concentrated on composition and composed a considerable amount of music including works for piano, organ, orchestra and a considerable amount of chamber music. His music shows the influence of Reinecke, Scriabin, Debussy, Reger and Grieg.
"This work dates from 1919 and consists of one lengthy movement divided into several sections. The music is a mixture of post-Brahmsian romanticism with contemporary French developments. The fine writing might pass for Florent Schmitt or even Jean Franšais. This striking combination has a great dreamy quality to it. A wonderfully evocative piece. Highly recommended"---The Chamber Music Journal