A Collaborative History of the Clarinet: Mozart / Stadler

August 22, 2014

Further to last week’s post on taking a historical approach to the sound of the clarinet, I’ve decided to put together a little series on the blog. Since I’m rather keen on clarinetist/composer collaborations, it would only be right to recognise the long, productive and rather awesome history of these relationships within the clarinet repertoire. So to start us off, the most famous of these relationships, that between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Stadler. This is surely not the most comprehensive history you’ll find, but rather a short set of notes with lots of references to some of the great literature on the subject.

Mozart became familiar with the clarinet as early as 1764, through copying C.F. Abel’s Symphony op.7 no.6, but didn’t use them until 1771 in his Divertimento K113, composed in Milan. The parts for this are quite simple, suiting the technical abilities of the orchestral players of…

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