Aulicus Classics Club Episode 6: Gustav Jenner

29 Jun 2023

Aulicius Classics Club is a video series created by esteemed Italian music publisher Romano Di Bari and composer/arranger/conductor Stefano Torossi, with a sole purpose of putting a spotlight on the lives of legendary composers and their works. 

In this sixth episode, Romano and Stefano highlight the composer Gustav Jenner and the album Sonata in G Major for Clarinet and Piano Trio for Clarinet, Horn & Piano in E-Flat Major performed by Roberto Arosio (piano), Zora Slokar (horn) and Paolo Beltramini (clarinet) for Aulicus Classics.

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Listen to Sonata in G Major for Clarinet and Piano Trio for Clarinet, Horn & Piano in E-Flat Major 

Album cover of Sonata in G Major for Clarinet and Piano Trio for Clarinet, Horn & Piano in E-Flat

Check out the full Aulicus Classics catalog 

About Romano Di Bari 

  • Italian producer and CEO of label Aulicus Classics.
  • Romano Di Bari founded Flipper Srl Edizioni Musicali in 1972 after having developed his expertise with RCA and later with Ariston during the 60s. 

About Gustav Jenner 

  • Jenner studied under the renowned composer Johannes Brahms, who became his mentor and significantly influenced his musical style. Brahms considered Jenner to be one of his most talented students. 
  • Jenner had a close friendship with the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. They deeply admired each other's work, and Bruckner often sought Jenner's advice on his compositions. 
  • Jenner's compositions often bear a striking resemblance to the music of Anton Bruckner. He was highly skilled in emulating Bruckner's style, and his works have been described as reminiscent of Bruckner's symphonies. 
  • While Jenner is primarily known as a composer, he also had a successful career as a conductor. He held conducting positions in various cities, including Worms and Mannheim. 
  • Rich harmonies, lush orchestrations, and profound emotional depth characterize Jenner's compositions. He drew inspiration from the works of Brahms and Bruckner but also incorporated his unique voice into his compositions. 
  • Jenner's most well-known work is his Symphony No. 1 in C minor. This symphony highlights his mastery of orchestration and shows his ability to create powerful and expressive musical narratives. 
  • In addition to symphonic works, Jenner composed a significant amount of chamber music. His chamber works include string quartets, piano trios, and sonatas, which display his ability to create intimate and introspective musical experiences. 
  • Although Jenner's music gained some popularity during his lifetime, it fell into obscurity after his death. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in his compositions, and efforts have been made to reintroduce his works to the concert repertoire. 
  • Despite being overshadowed by his famous mentors, Jenner's compositions influenced later generations of composers. His approach to orchestration and his exploration of expressive harmonies left a lasting impact on the development of late Romantic music. 
  • Gustav Jenner's contributions to classical music, particularly his orchestral and chamber compositions, have gained recognition in recent years. His works continue to be performed and appreciated by musicians and audiences, allowing his musical legacy to endure.