Never should I have thought that a clarinet could be so capable of imitating a human voice so closely as it was imitated by thee. Verily, thy instrument has so soft and lovely a tone that nobody who has a heart can resist it.
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is regarded as a milestone for this instrument. Its scope is much larger than all the other pieces so far, not only in terms of size, but in terms of the potential for feelings.
The second part of the concerto is one of the most beautiful in all clarinet music, or maybe even in whole of music…
From the very beginning the second part of the concerto, which Mozart presents, could be associated with some sort of a pastoral landscape. The feelings of longing and nostalgia as well as the theme of nature are all concepts which come immediately to the listener’s mind. Not without reason the second part of the clarinet concerto was used as a leitmotif in the film
Out of Africa.
The manuscripts for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (the last instrumental piece) and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, disappeared shortly after the composer’s death.
For nearly 150 years the concerto was performed using the classical clarinet. Only in 1948 after long-term studies of the remaining fragments of the piece, it was announced that it is most likely that the concerto was composed for a special variant of clarinet, the basset clarinet, which only Stadler had at the time.