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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000161.txt from 2001/04

From: Jim Bartram <>
Subj: Re: [kl] A Mozart question
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 11:56:57 -0400

The Sussmayr edition calls for Basset Horns; there are no parts for clarinets.

Christoph Wolff's book, "Mozart's Requiem", is invaluable, especially since
there is a score at the end that illustrates precisely what Mozart wrote, and
gives Sussmayr's score for the movements not by Mozart (which includes the
Agnus Dei). I recommend this book for the insights it can supply.


At 11:42 AM 4/9/01 -0400, you wrote:
>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?
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