Death of an influential clarinet, 64

Death of an influential clarinet, 64


norman lebrecht

March 18, 2019

We learn with sadness that Wolfgang Meyer died yesterday.

The brother of Sabine Meyer, he was professor in Karlsruhe from 1989 until his death and director of the Musikhochschule for six years. He was involved with the Trio di Clarone, Carmina Quartett and Quatuor Mosaïques and gave masterclasses in Brazil, Italy, Japan, Canada and Finland.


  • Caravaggio says:

    Very sad news. Why are people dying so relatively young? May he rest in peace.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I was wondering the same thing about clarinet players. Ernst Ottensamer (WPO) died July, 2017, at age 59 and there have been quite a few others since of much the same age.

  • musician and human being says:

    great musician, wonderful man and human being, fantastic teacher. very, very sad.

  • Bill says:

    He was not a member of the string quartet Quatour Mosaiques; he recorded some clarinet quintets with them.

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Very nice clip. You don’t hear German trained clarinet players play with vibrato very often.

    Not as good as Sabine but still a wonderful player.

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      As good as anybody. Rest in peace.

    • C Hall says:

      Dumb assed comment « Sir David » !!
      Are you serious !!?
      « Not as good as Sabine !?! »
      Don’t know you from Adam .. but you sound like a … Dink .. yes I’d say that’d be the right word !
      Lack of .. what is it ?? oh ya.. CLASS !
      Sir my Ass !
      C Hall
      (no sir required)

  • Patricia Burket says:

    Loved this video. So sorry! The world has lost another great clarinetist.

  • John Peacock says:

    What a shame. I really liked his playing – in particular a lovely account of the Bliss quintet. I’d always thought of that as a quintessentially English piece, and it really opened my ears to hear a German player’s take on it. Fine musicianship.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Actually, he doesn’t look well in that clip. It must have been cancer or similar. What a scourge!!!