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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Mozart - "Clarinet Concerto (Jochen Tschabrun) (Stage@Seven)" [Classical]

Clarinet Concerto (Jochen Tschabrun) (Stage@Seven)

"Clarinet Concerto (Jochen Tschabrun) (Stage@Seven)" music video by Mozart
Added: 04-07-2020
Genre : Classical
Description : Stage@Seven: Mozart: Clarinet Concerto – Jochen Tschabrun / Alondra de la Parra

Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Big Band live!

Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Jochen Tschabrun, Clarinet
Alondra de la Parra, Conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Clarinet Concerto A major K. 622

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Allegro

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt, 26 June 2020

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Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, was written in October 1791 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler. It consists of three movements, in a fast–slow–fast succession:

Allegro (in A major and in sonata form)
Adagio (in D major and in ternary form)
Rondo: Allegro (in A major and in rondo form)

As there is no autograph for this concerto and as it was published posthumously, it is difficult to understand all of Mozart's intentions. The only relic of this concerto written in Mozart's hand is an excerpt of an earlier rendition of the concerto written for basset horn in G (K. 584b/621b). This excerpt is nearly identical to the corresponding section in the published version for A clarinet.

Mozart originally intended the piece to be written for basset horn, as Anton Stadler was also a virtuoso basset horn player, but eventually was convinced the piece would be more effective for clarinet. However, several notes throughout the piece go beyond the conventional range of the A clarinet; Mozart may have intended the piece to be played on the basset clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler that had a range down to low (written) C, instead of stopping at (written) E as standard clarinets do.

Even in Mozart's day, the basset clarinet was a rare, custom-made instrument, so when the piece was published posthumously, a new version was arranged with the low notes transposed to regular range. This has proven a problematic decision, as the autograph no longer exists, having been pawned by Stadler, and until the mid 20th century musicologists did not know that the only version of the concerto written by Mozart's hand had not been heard since Stadler's lifetime. Attempts were made to reconstruct the original version, and new basset clarinets have been built for the specific purpose of performing Mozart's concerto and clarinet quintet.

Tags : 2020, 20s, Mozart