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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000160.txt from 2001/04

From: Janet McNaught <mcnaught@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] A Mozart question
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 11:42:00 -0400

A friend of mine is playing in a performance of the Mozart Requiem this
weekend - they will be playing basset horns. He is familiar with
(among others) the Sussmayr edition of the Requiem that uses basset
horns, and with the Druce version that uses clarinets.

He has also played an edition that uses basset horns for everything but
the Agnus Dei, for which clarinets are used. This was explained on the
basis of historical accuracy - Mozart would not have used basset horns
with the particular combination of instruments and / or singers in that
portion of the Requiem. We don't know which edition calls for this
switch to clarinets. Can anyone elaborate on the historical basis (if
any) for this switch?

Thanks
Janet

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