In the Footsteps of Mozart's Clarinetist: Anton Stadler (1753-1812) and His Basset Clarinet

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"This is the first in-depth study of the achievements of eighteenth century Viennese clarinetist Anton Stadler in English, including his five year tour of Europe taking him as far away as St. Petersburg, and, of paramount importance, his friendship with W.A. Mozart. [This friendship] resulted in Mozart's composition of monumenal work for clarinet, e.g., the Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 and Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. These works were written for Stadler's unique "Bass Klarinet" (today called the "basset clarinet") having an extended lower chromatic range to written small c.

Based on extensive archival research, including many documents here published for the first time, Poulin describes Anto Stadler's activities as performer par excellencd of Vienna and reportedly of all Europe as well, thus serving as inspiration for Mozart's muse. ...She explores the rich and diverse musical culture of Vienna bringing to light many previously unknown concerts there in which he performed, and in important music centers throughout Northern Europe." (from The Preface)

This book was originally published by Pendragon Press in 2019.

Table of Contents

Chronology of the Life of Anton Stadler
Chapter 1. Stadler's Antecedents and Early Years
Chapter 2. Stadler's Early Career: 1773-1780
Chapter 3. Mozart and Stadler Meet
Chapter 4. Stadler's Middle Career: 1781-1791
Chapter 5. Stadler's Concert Tour of Northern Europe: 1791-1796
Chapter 6. Stadler and Beethoven
Chapter 7. Stadler's Late Career and Later Life: 1796-1812
Chapter 8. Historical References to the Basset Clarinet in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Chapter 9. Mozart Clarinet Concerto Sources: The Basset Horn Fragment and an Article in 1802 in the "Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung"
Chapter 10. Anto Stadler's Musick Plan, 10 July 1800: Introduction and Translation
Appendix I: The Stadler Brother's Mention in Receipts and Disbursements: Semi-Annual Account Books, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv
Appendix II: Published Clarinet Compositions by Stadler
Selected Bibliography

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