Anton Stadlerís duos for clarinet are collected into a single volume for the first time, and include hitherto unpublished music. Six Duettinos afford the opportunity for clarinettists to perform a range of short movements in different tempos and styles, with the distinction between first and second clarinet writing being consistently maintained. The six Duo Concertantes differ in their more democratic treatment, with solos and accompaniments equally distributed. The duos offer a window into the instrumental idioms and musical language of Mozartís friend and clarinettist
Anton Stadlerís Solos for Clarinet and and Duos for Clarinet, edited by Martin Harlow, are excellent contributions to the clarinetís repertoire. They include four impressive and technically challenging solos and two musically attractive sets of duos, by the most outstanding clarinettist of the late eighteenth century. The introduction, editing, and textual notes are accurate and scholarlyóboth editions are highly recommended to all clarinetists.
Albert R. Rice, clarinettist and author.
Martin Harlow offers some important new insights into the vicissitudes of freelance performers during Mozartís lifetime. The cultural milieu of Anton Stadlerís small-scale compositions is particularly well caught, offering an inspirational context for todayís performers of these editions.
Colin Lawson, clarinettist, author and educator