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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000451.txt from 2004/08

From: <tony-w@-----.uk>
Subj: [kl] Mozart`s 'Ave Verum Corpus'
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 18:02:30 -0400

Would anyone be able to help a colleague of mine clear up any mystery here?
Please post to me privately, or to the list - it does seem rather
intriguing.
Thanks,
Tony W.

Mozart's 'Ave Verum Corpus'
Posted by Christopher Bee

>I seem to remember reading somewhere, a couple of years ago, an article
about the composition of this piece. In this article, the claim was made
that this beautiful choral work is actually a reworking of another piece
that Mozart had abandoned. Now this is where my memory is vague. I can't
remember if the article claimed that it was either a) the slow movement of a
second clarinet quintet that Mozart was working on, or b) a clarinet
sonata - presumably for clarinet and piano.
I've searched high and low for this article and cannot find any reference to
it. My feelings on this are, and were, that the article is nonsense. In the
case b) above, would this not have required Mozart to "invent" the sonata
for clarinet and piano? (Could the clarinet scholars here correct me on
this?) My question is, has anyone read or heard of this claim. Is there any
evidence to support it? Would you agree that it is highly unlikely that Ave
Verum Corpus is a reworking of another piece as described?

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