Workshop Brahms-sonaten

Update 07/04/2017: Due to too few participants, this workshop will be postponed and re-planned in for May / June 2017. Stay tuned!

The Brahms sonatas op.120: A comparison of the viola and clarinet versions


Let´s settle it: which is more beautiful?

In this workshop we will make an in-depth comparison of the clarinet and viola versions of these wonderful sonatas. Some say Brahms did not like his own version of them for viola- is it true? and if so – why? Should viola players struggle to play all the passages at the same octave as the clarinet? Why, in many viola editions, are so many passages an octave lower than the clarinet version when they obviously compromise the musical line?

We will listen to selected movements and passages played directly after each other on viola and clarinet, discuss the differences and make direct comparisons.

What can we learn from each other?
Who plays what up or down the octave?
Bring your viola (or clarinet) and your questions!
Non-playing audience is welcome too!

Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague) will teach this workshop, assisted by clarinetist Leon Bosch and pianist Gerard Boeters.

Time:  <TBD future date in May/June 2017>
Place: <TBA>
Costs of participation:  Free for DVS friends / €20,- for yet-to-be DVS friends
Costs for Audience:  Free for DVS friends / €5,- for yet-to-be DVS friends
Registration (recommended): Send a mail to