The composer and violin virtuoso Johann Stamitz not only established the world-famous Mannheim school in the 18th century but is known among clarinettists above all for presumably being the first to present them with a true solo concerto. Even though Stamitz left it at just this one concerto, it has enjoyed great popularity since its rediscovery in the 20th century and has become a standard work in the concert repertoire. Due to its moderate technical demands, it is ideally suited for music students as a “first” solo concerto, and as preparation for the more demanding solo parts of Mozart, Weber and Spohr. The newly prepared piano reduction was undertaken with a view to make it easy to play so that also less experienced piano players can undertake the accompaniment of the soloist; a renowned clarinettist, editor Nicolai Pfeffer also contributes suggestions for the cadenzas – the result is an ideal Urtext edition for student recitals and music schools.
- Clarinet Concerto B flat major
About the composer
A Bohemian composer and violinist, regarded as a founder of the Mannheim School. Under him, the musical life at the Palatinate court and in its orchestra experienced a golden age. He occupies a prominent position in the history of the symphonie concertante. Along with over 60 symphonies, he wrote numerous concerti and chamber music works (among other things).
|1717||Born in Německý Brod, the son of an organist; baptized on June 19.|
|1728–34||He attends the Jesuit secondary school in Jihlava.|
|1734–35||Studies at the University of Prague.|
|around 1741||Becomes violinist in the Mannheim court chapel.|
|1742||On June 29 in Frankfurt am Main, he gives a concert on the violin, the viola d’amore, the cello, and the double bass for the imperial coronation of Charles VII.|
|from 1743||As concertmaster of the Mannheim court orchestra, he builds up a group of violinists that significantly improves the quality of the ensemble.|
|1750||On February 27, he is promoted to instrumental music director. Under his direction, the Mannheim Orchestra rises to become one of the most popular and skilled of its day.|
|1751–53||At the Palatinate court he occupies the position of deputy music director under Ignaz Holzbauer.|
|1754||His symphonies and concerti are performed in Paris, enabling him to establish himself as a composer and virtuoso there. He composes for occasions hosted by the fermier général (tax-farmer general) Alexandre Jean Joseph Le Riche de la Poupelinière and assumes direction of his private choir in Passy.|
|1755||A publishing privilege dated August 29 allows him to publish his works in Paris. In September he makes his way back to Mannheim.|
|1757||Burial in Mannheim on March 30.|