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 Spohr and Crusell Editions
Author: wiclarinet 
Date:   2006-08-19 03:27

I know from many solos, the edition matters greatly; as for others, it doesn't matter at all. I was wondering if there was any preference for the Spohr and Crusell concertos. Also, which concerto for clarinet of each composer is the most popular?

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 Re: Spohr and Crusell Editions
Author: CEC 
Date:   2006-08-19 19:45

Hi there,

I can't offer any insight myself, but my first teacher (Stephen K. Johnston) wrote his dissertation on the Clarinet music of Spohr and it is cited in the New Grove Dictionary. I would imagine that his dissertation is available through the University of Maryland (he was the first clarinetist to receive a doctorate there, by the way).

I've not been in contact with Dr. Johnston in a number of years, but his contact information is available on the Shenandoah University website:


He is a marvelous fellow and I'm certain he would be flattered if you contacted him. His knowledge of clarinet literature is formidable (he'll undoubtably have cogent opinions regarding Crusell editions, as well) and he is also a fantastic performer and teacher.

Best regards,


Post Edited (2006-08-19 19:50)

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 Re: Spohr and Crusell Editions
Author: Bob Phillips 
Date:   2006-08-19 20:19

I've found only one published arrangement of the Crussel 2nd Clarinet Concerto. It was assembled from manuscripts in the German State Library and the Lippischen Landesbibliothek by Jost Michaels and published by

ars Instrumentalis #34
Musikvrerlag Hans Sikorski, Hamburg.
ISM N M-003-00590-4
It is distribute by Hal Leonard (50160390)

This is for Clarinet in Bb and piano. The Sikorski index does not list other Crussell works, and seems to have none of Spohr's.

I understand that, in Finland, Crusell festivals are held annually --so there may be some Finish sources of Crusell's composition that I did not uncover.

Bob Phillips

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 Re: Spohr and Crusell Editions
Author: Bigno16 
Date:   2006-08-20 01:10

For Sphor...my teacher recommends the Breitkopf or Peters edition.

I don't know which edition for Crusell...but I heard his Concerto No. 3 on the radio the other day and it sounds pretty good. Try that one.

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