Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581. A live concert from the
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581
The piece was written in 1789 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler (28 June 1753, Bruck an der Leitha – 15 June 1812, Vienna), the Austrian clarinet and basset horn player. Mozart also wrote his Clarinet Concerto (K 622) for him. Stadler’s name is inextricably linked to Mozart’s compositions for these two instruments.
Although originally written for basset clarinet, in contemporary performances it is usually played on a clarinet in A or B-flat for convenience’s sake. It was Mozart’s only completed clarinet
The quintet received its premiere on 22 December 1789 with the solo clarinet part was taken by Stadler.
The quintet consists of four movements:
- Allegro, 2/2 The first movement sets the mood for the entire piece. It has beautiful moving lines in all of the parts and in the second half there is a virtuoso run that is passed throughout the strings, based on material from the second section of the exposition.
- Larghetto, 3/4 in D major The second movement, in sonata form with a six-bar transition in place of a central development section, opposes a first section which is mostly a long-breathed clarinet melody over muted strings, to a second group of themes in which -as in the first movement- several upward runs of scales are given to the first violin, alternating with brief phrases of clarinet melody. These scales are given to the clarinet in the recapitulation, and then in the last few bars of the movement, more chromatic than the rest, the scales turn into triplet arpeggios traded between the strings under the closing clarinet phrases.
- Menuetto-Trio I – Trio II, 3/4 (Trio I in A minor) The third movement consists of a
minuetand, unusually, two trios. The first trio is for the strings alone, with a theme that has a signature acciaccatura every few notes. The second trio is a clarinet solo over the strings, whereas in the minuetthe roles are distributed more evenly.
- Allegretto con Variazioni, 2/2 The finale is in variation form, unexpectedly substituting for the more conventional rondo (
Warrack3). There are five variations. The theme is in two repeated halves, with the clarinet joining in but only for a few of its bars. As often with Mozart, phrase structure is generally the same throughout the variations even if other qualities change – the theme consists of four four-bar phrases (Mozart is often more irregular in his phrasing than this), the first going harmonically from A to E, the second back from E to A, etc. and likewise with the variations. The first of its variations gives the clarinet a new theme, in counterpoint with the theme of the variations divided amongst the quartet. The second alternates phrases for quartet only with phrases for a full quintet, the latter answering the former. The third, in A minor, also begins without clarinet, with a viola melody -also with signature acciaccatura- but the clarinet joins in tothe finish. The major mode returns for the fourth variation, as does the main theme to the accompaniment of semiquaver virtuosity – given to the clarinet only in the first repeated half, first violin and clarinet in the second. There are four bars of dramatic interruption leading to a pause; the next variation is a lyrical Adagio. A transition brings us to an Allegro coda, containing much of a variation itself.
Annelien van Wauwe
Belgian clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe is currently a BBC New Generation Artist. From an early age, she has won numerous international competitions, including Lisbon, Turin, Brussels,
Since then, she has performed with leading symphonic orchestras such as the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nürnberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared with chamber orchestras such as the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Regular appearances have occurred at prestigious halls including the Tonhalle Zürich, Bozar Brussels, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Konzerthaus Vienna and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
In 2014, Annelien played a highly acclaimed debut with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin in the Philharmonie Berlin performing Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto.
Annelien is a regular guest at international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Kissinger Sommer and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.
She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Mozart Society Dortmund and the Banque Populaire Paris. Annelien was awarded a ‘Klara’ prize from Flemish Radio and has released a debut CD with clarinet sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev (Genuin 2015).
Annelien originally studied -amongst others- with the internationally renowned soloist Sabine Meyer who invited her to play a European tour with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Andrew Manze. She also participated in master classes with the sought-after teacher, Yehuda Gilad. She has a strong affinity for period music and has studied with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader.
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