K622

I know we have, I just like it, that’s all. Wiki:

As there is no autograph for this concerto and as it was published posthumously, it is difficult to understand all of Mozart’s intentions.

The only relic of this concerto written in Mozart’s hand is an excerpt of an earlier rendition of the concerto written for basset horn in G (K. 584b/621b). This excerpt is nearly identical to the corresponding section in the published version for A clarinet.

Mozart originally intended the piece to be written for basset horn, as Anton Stadler was also a virtuoso basset horn player, but eventually was convinced the piece would be more effective for clarinet.

However, several notes throughout the piece go beyond the conventional range of the A clarinet; Mozart may have intended the piece to be played on the basset clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler that had a range down to low (written) C, instead of stopping at (written) E as standard clarinets do.

Even in Mozart’s day, the basset clarinet was a rare, custom-made instrument, so when the piece was published posthumously, a new version was arranged with the low notes transposed to regular range.

This has proven a problematic decision, as the autograph no longer exists, having been pawned by Stadler, and until the mid 20th century musicologists did not know that the only version of the concerto written by Mozart’s hand had not been heard since Stadler’s lifetime.

Attempts were made to reconstruct the original version, and new basset clarinets have been built for the specific purpose of performing Mozart’s concerto and clarinet quintet.

Utter prattery

1. As someone pointed out under the video, to put inappropriate advertising through this piece was utter philistine prattery – best listen to it here.

2. Leftwing, pretend-academic Wiki editors are a species slightly above toads and writhing things in pits. To ruin someone’s piece on K622 by constantly, arrogantly and wrongly demanding ‘citation needed’ is something no one at all needs. I have eliminated all such prattery in this Wiki text.

Housekeeping

There are two or three issues right now which preclude blogging. A major issue on the personal front is the main one, health is second, nothing devastating but still closing in and expensive too. That will be this week, two separate issues.

And as they say, things come in threes and the third is my computer’s gone kaput overnight, switch again, like last time. And silly me, the last two month’s files I did not save to separate drive. There were some valuable things on there. The core data is on drive though.

So this morning I have to decide whether to get another laptop or not. I’m on ipad right now but it only does text and limited images. All my editing tools were on the laptop, plus the mouse enabled rapid blogging. With the best will in the world, the ipad doesn’t cut it for blogging, except as a stopgap.

On that basis, there’s a musical post scheduled for 18:00 and that will stay up; apart from that, I’m now on a hiatus or skeleton blogging at most until I can get a system going again, maybe two days, maybe forever. Need to think.

Robert E. Lee Day

“I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God. [Robert E. Lee]”

This day today is not MLK day in the least – Robert E Lee came a long time before him and represented the entire south.

In 2015, the shameful Georgian executive decided to stop honouring their hero and instead went for the communist’s day as more important.

Very difficult to find an unbiased history of Lee, Wiki is useless, this is OK: