Teach every student to care for and offer protection to his or her clarinet. It is an device, not a toy, and merits good cure and admire. If scholars believe they are in ownership of a precious object, they're going to discover ways to value it, and they're going to value the work they do with it all the more. What may have prompted Mozart into finishing the deserted basset horn concerto for Stadler and his basset clarinet, was his journey to Prague for the top of the line of La Clemenza di Tito. One of his vacationing partners was his pupil Süssmayr, who revealed that he was writing a basset clarinet concerto for Stadler. Mozart could not allow himself to be outdone. The concerto was written in Vienna some time between the tip of September and the beginning of October 1791. The completed score was sent off to Stadler in Bohemia and it obtained its first performance at Stadler’s advantage live performance in the Prague Theatre on October 16, 1791. Seven weeks later, Mozart was dead. Even in Mozart's day, the basset clarinet was a rare, custom made tool, so when the piece was posted posthumously, a new version was organized with the low notes transposed to usual range. This has proven a complicated decision, as the autograph no longer exists, having been pawned by Stadler, and until the mid 20th century musicologists didn't know that the only edition of the concerto written by Mozart's hand had not been heard since Stadler's lifetime.

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