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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000122.txt from 2010/12

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Calluses and Mozart
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:11:41 -0500

According to the New Grove dictionary section on clarinets, Stadler is said
to have had three basset clarinets, one in C, one in B-flat, and one in A.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Pay" <>
To: "The Klarinet Mailing List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Calluses and Mozart

> On 21 Dec 2010, at 17:41, Jim Lytthans wrote:
>> From what I've read, Stadler did not own a Basset clarinet when the
>> Quintet was written. Correct me if I'm wrong.
> Yes, that's wrong: according to Pamela Poulin, the first documented use of
> the basset clarinet by Stadler is Feb 20 1788 in Vienna; the programme
> reads: "Herr Stadler, the older, in the service of his Majesty the Kaiser
> will play a concerto on the Bass-Klarinet and a variation on the
> Bass-Klarinet, and instrument of new invention and manufacture of the K.
> K. instrument maker Theodor Loz [sic]; this instrument has two more low
> tones than the normal clarinet."
> She further says that the first performance of K581 was given by the
> TonKunstler-Societat on Dec 22 1789 at the K. K. National Hoftheater for
> the benefit of the organization's widows and orphans. Anton Stadler played
> clarinet and Zistler played first violin.
> Of course, that doesn't in itself prove that Stadler used the basset
> clarinet in that performance of K581 -- or indeed, subsequently -- which
> is why performance of K581 on the basset clarinet has conjectural status.
> My own choice is the basset clarinet -- but there is some evidence the
> other way, and I suppose Sabine inclines that way for that reason.
> Tony
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