Gustav Jenner (1865-1920) approached the music because his parents, amateur musicians, who often played at home. As a child, he received the first piano lessons and he undertook the composition as a self-taught person.
For this German composer it was very important to meet the great musician Johannes Brahms (in 1887) who undoubtedly influenced Jenner’s musical life, and introduced him to the Viennese environment of that period.
The Sonata in G major Op. 5 here recorded was published by Breitkopf und Härtel in May 1900, but it had been previously performed in 1899 in Vienna and in January 1900 in London.
In both occasions, it was Richard Mühlfeld, excellent clarinettist and Brahms’ clarinet works dedicatee, who performed the Sonata in G major.
Jenner had the opportunity to listen to the Brahms’ Sonatas for clarinet played by Mühlfeld during period he spent in Vienna.
The references to Brahms’ writing are undoubtedly clear in the Sonata op. 5, like for example in the Lento movement that definitely reminds the Adagio of the Trio op. 114 of Brahms.