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 Mozart (Basset) Clarinet Quintet sheet music
Author: Erez Katz 
Date:   2019-04-30 16:14
Attachment:  common_variation_4_adaptation.pdf (262k)
Attachment:  alternate_variation_4.pdf (154k)

Hi all,

I am looking for the original basset clarinet part of k581. I was not able to find it on imslp.

The soprano A clarinet adaptations differ a bit, especially in the 4th variation of the last movement.
The versions I found on imslp have it the first chord starting the a full octave higher, in C, while the notes are the same, it is a full octave higher.
It is also the most commonly recorded version.

In a few basset clarinet recordings, you can here it starting from the low C.
On an A soprano clarinet, Jozsef Balogh's recording on Naxos instead has that cord ast(low) G , E, G, C and so on.

I attached the two versions, the alternate i created using online software ( and powerpoint to cut and paste, but think it does not look half bad.

In my opinion, of the two comprises, the one that starts in C somewhat loses the unique wide range of the clarinet that is a strong "feature" (for a lack of a better word) of this piece.


Post Edited (2019-04-30 16:23)

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 Re: Mozart (Basset) Clarinet Quintet sheet music
Author: rmk54 
Date:   2019-04-30 17:21

Try Barenreiter.

You can find all Mozart critical editions here:

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 Re: Mozart (Basset) Clarinet Quintet sheet music
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2019-04-30 19:03

There is no surviving original basset clarinet part for the quintet. The first edition was for normal clarinet range. All basset clarinet versions are speculative reconstructions.

Post Edited (2019-05-01 17:57)

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 Re: Mozart (Basset) Clarinet Quintet sheet music
Author: Erez Katz 
Date:   2019-05-01 08:18

Thank you all for the informative replies.

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 Re: Mozart (Basset) Clarinet Quintet sheet music
Author: jd 
Date:   2019-05-01 11:37

Hi, you will find the sheet: Breitkopf Urtext,

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