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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000387.txt from 2002/06

Subj: [kl] Sinfonie Concertante (was: [kl] Schumann's 'Romances')
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 09:36:50 -0400

Michael Bryant wrote,
>The 'existing version' of the Sinfonia Concertante K 297b
>with clarinet was found among the papers of Mozart's
>German biographer Otto Jahn (1813-1869) after his death.

The problem with that copy was that it was discovered in Jahn's vast
archives, not among papers from Mozart or his family; it was written in a
copyist's hand, not Mozart's; and nothing on it attributed it to Mozart.
Here's the location of Dan Leeson's detailed explanation from Monday, January
29, 1996 in the klarinet archives.

Here is a brief excerpt from Dan Leeson's fascinating message that I highly
recommend reading in full:
>The estate cataloguer, who was no musician and
>who had as much musical training as my dog, went
>through all of the musical material in Jahn's estate
>and catalogued it as "Beethoven," "Mozart," etc.
>depending on which pile it was in when he found it.
>If he found an unidentified Schubert song in the Mozart
>pile, he said it was by Mozart. Got the picture?
>In the Mozart pile he found a manuscript score. It is
>untitled. It is in the handwriting of a professional copyist.
>It has no attibution of any kind. The only words on the front
>page are "Concertantes quartett" and it turns out to be a
>concerto for 4 wind instruments and orchestra, the wind
>instruments being clarinet, oboe, horn, bassoon, and the
>orchestra the standard strings/winds combination of a work
>that you might expect of anything written between 1750 and



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