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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000784.txt from 2000/07

From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Weber Concerto derived from Mozart?
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 18:23:23 -0400

Bill Hausmann
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----- Original Message -----
From: "les debusk" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Weber Concerto derived from Mozart?

> I had come across an article which stated that Webers Concertos were
> upon when/after Mozart wrote his famous clarinet concerto.. i cant
> where i read this but it was just on my mind.. do you think that Mozart's
> and way or composer in his concerto rubbed off onto weber's clarinet

It is likely that he was familiar with, or at least aware of, Mozart's
clarinet concerto. He was also aware of other concertos for other
instruments, and understood the rules for writing them. You need to make
them idiosyncratic -- they must fit the instrument. Thus, in a clarinet
concerto, you naturally write in large leaps and fast passage work and an
unusually wide range of notes, things that the clarinet can handle with
relative ease. The same piece simply could not be written for, say,
trombone. Mozart and Weber both followed these same rules and, to that
extent, their respective concertos do share several qualities. But, IMHO,
even had Mozart never written his at all, Weber's probably would have come
out very much the same overall.

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