2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

The Clarinet and Late 18th Century Music
Carlos A. Di Stefano
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

Organological advances and standardization have changed the modern clarinet almost unrecognizably from its eighteenth century ancestors. An important variation is the basset horn, the brainchild of Viennese clarinetist Anton Stadler, for whom Mozart wrote the Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622. Ambiguity about the instrument for which it was intended leads to the text of the concerto for clues about which instrument’s idiom is more consistent with the writing. This highlights period perceptions of the instrument and its capabilities and provides a foundation for understanding the clarinet’s role in music prior to the fundamental philosophical shifts in musical thought of the 19th century.

Keywords: music, clarinet, Mozart


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 41-5
Location: OP 2111
Time: 4:45

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