March 22nd 2024 at 19:00 – 21:00
In a concerto, a star soloist steps into the limelight, accompanied by an orchestra. Classical composers wrote flashy solo parts for their friends, pupils, or — if they really wanted to show off — themselves.
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was written for his frenemy Anton Stadler, who was a brilliant clarinettist but liked to borrow money from the already cash-strapped Mozart. The clarinet was still being invented at this time, and this concerto is technically written for a bespoke version of the instrument. Stadler, who invented this special clarinet, was virtually the only person who could or did play it at the time.
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