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- Viola Concerto no. 1 D major
Carl Philipp Stamitz (1745–1801), the famous son of the Bohemian composer Johann Stamitz (1717–1757), was born in Mannheim and learned composition and instrumental performance from his father and other members of the court chapel. Between the ages of 17 and 25 he played the violin in the Mannheim orchestra, which was then famous throughout Europe. In 1770 he and his younger … more
About the composer
Composer and violin virtuoso. His restless life, connected with constant changes of residence, also shaped a musical style which, while initially still indebted to the Mannheim School, increasingly strove for an internationally comprehensible musical language. As a virtuoso violinist and composer he enjoyed great success throughout Europe. He wrote a multitude of chamber music works, as well as symphonies and concerti (among other things).
|1745||Baptized in Mannheim on May 8. First musical instruction from his father, the violinist and composer Johann Stamitz.|
|from 1757||Studies with Christian Cannabich, Ignaz Holzbauer and Franz Xaver Richter.|
|1761||Violinist with the Court Chapel.|
|from 1770||He leaves Mannheim and travels throughout Europe.|
|1770–1776||Active as soloist and composer in Paris. Performances with his brother Anton as part of the Concerts spirituels. Court composer under Duke Louis de Noailles. From there, makes concert tours to Vienna, Augsburg, and other locales.|
|1776–1780||Active in London as musician and composer.|
|from 1780||Travel, including to Amsterdam and The Hague.|
|from 1785||Return to Germany (resides in Hamburg, Magdeburg, Leipzig, Berlin). Frederick William II of Prussia pledges remuneration for compositions sent to him.|
|from 1787||Short term employment by the Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst. Concert tours to Dresden, Prague, Halle, Nuremberg (and elsewhere).|
|1789/90||Employed as conductor of amateur concerts in Kassel.|
|1795||Moves to Jena, where he is appointed a music teacher at the university.|
|1801||Dies in Jena on November 9.|
About the authors
The new edition itself is a model of scholarship and clarity. … The piano reduction is cued as to the precise nature of the original orchestration in each passage of music, which is something I had not encountered before in such detail. … Page breaks are expertly managed …
Die Ausgabe bietet eine umfassende Entscheidungs-Grundlage für nahezu alle Belange des Notentextes.
Auch die praktische Einrichtung lässt kaum Wünsche offen: Das Druckbild ist angenehm und deutlich, es gibt Taktzahlen und sinnvolle Wendestellen ... Damit dürfte die Ausgabe (insbesondere was das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis angeht) derzeit konkurrenzlos dastehen.
Un prodotto di altissimo artigianato, riprodotto in un' edizione elegante e accuratissima. Prefazione in tre lingue e commenti in tedesco e inglese.
Although so popular, very little is known about "No. 1" and valuable information will be gleaned from the extensive Preface to this fine new Henle Edition. From this note on the historical background of the concerto and the detailed Comments (analysing almost bar by bar) it is patently clear that the editors have done a great deal of minute and painstaking research.