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DIVERTIMENTO Nbr. 2 IN Bb, K. 439b

For Bb Clarinet and Piano

W. A. Mozart 1783 Arr. John Grady
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
22 minutes
Classical music
Solo instrument + piano

These clever, miniature masterpieces by the 27 year old Mozart are from a collection of 5 Divertimenti for 2 Clarinets and Bassoon. This arrangement for a high-intermediate to advanced clarinetist and pianist keeps the original first clarinet part intact, but the remaining 2 parts of the trio are re-scored when needed. This re-scoring of the lower parts utilizes added harmony notes, changes in octave, and some melodic modifications to accommodate piano technique and a balanced sound. The piano part is not a reduction, but a fully realized independent part. The clarinet and piano parts together constitute a significant addition to the clarinet literature. Use this as a recital or jury piece or just to entertain yourself and friends. This series of Divertimentos is an excellent introduction to Mozart and Classical Period performance practices on the way to the more challenging chamber and solo works. Enjoy these gems from Mozart’s pen recalling the days of aristocratic Viennese musical entertainment. Total performance time is about 22 minutes.

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