Clarinet Concerto in A major K622 (used in Out of Africa)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Up 3. Highest of Mozart's 22 entries.
The autumnal Clarinet Concerto was born out of respect and friendship. The man for whom Mozart wrote the music, Anton Stadler, was one of two clarinet players in his family.
Mozart gave him one of his most enduring works, albeit creating some confusion in the process. Stadler was a big champion of the basset clarinet, an instrument possessing a few extra low notes than your average clarinet. Because of the publishers' general desire to print only a standard clarinet version and the fact that Stadler allegedly pawned the basset version, confusion over how Mozart originally intended it to be played was rife until recent times. The original version featuring the lower notes is now making something of a comeback.
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