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Solo clarinet (or flute, oboe or violin); concertante vn 1, vn 2, vc, hpsd, 2 hns, strings. (19 minutes)
First publication since the 18th century. This, the 2nd (and the only one known to survive) of at least 8 concertos for clarinet by Mahon was composed c.1774. The 1st movement (Allegro) is influenced by Mannheim orchestral style; the 2nd movement (Andante) - the work’s crowning glory - introduces two Scots airs, ‘The Birks of Endermay’ and ‘Roslin Castle’. The 3rd movement (Rondo) is based on a theme from Thomas Arne’s ‘Comus’. John Mahon was born in Oxford, and developed into Britain’s finest clarinettist at a time when virtuosi of the instrument were almost unknown. He first appeared in Edinburgh in 1786 and from 1804-1808 had a permanent address in the city. He eventually retired to Dublin in 1825.
[Instrumental parts are available matching this score.]
Paperback (36 pp)
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