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Stamitz Concertos Explained

Carl Stamitz wrote several clarinet concertos, some of the first significant ones for the classical iteration of the instrument.  It is safe to place the 11 identified solo concertos within the last 30 or so years of the 18th century.  Beyond that, concrete information about these works is lacking because research is sometimes conflicting, and record-keeping introduces complications.  For example, the clarinettist thought to be a collaborator on Concerto No. 6 is usually indicated as Johann Joseph Beer, although Jacob suggests in his 1991 book that it could be Franz Joseph Bahr; definitive attribution is difficult, especially when common spelling variants on the name "Beer" at the time included Baer, Baher, Pär, or Bähr! The same issue can create difficulties when researching records for "Stamitz," a name that might have been spelled as Stamniz, Stamits, Stamiz, Staimez, etc.  

Various attempts have been made to organize Stamitz's clarinet concertos, and they can be found in catalog records, dissertations, and academic journal articles; particularly significant efforts have been made by Boese, Kaiser, and Newhill.  Jean-Georges Sieber's publishing firm in the late 1700s lists several of Stamitz's concertos, presenting a common starting point for numbering the works.  The following table (from Jacob, noted below) charts the various numbering schemes. 

 Kaiser Sieber Boese/Tuthill Newhill
1 1 4 1
2 2 5 without number
3 3 6 5
4 5 7 6
5 6 8 7
6 11 10
7 3 3
8 1 1
9 2 2
10 10 9
11 9 8


 This chart refers to the following sources:

Michael Jacob: Die Klarinettenkonzerte von Carl Stamitz [1991]
Friedrich Carl Kaiser: Carl Stamitz (1745-1801) [1962]
Helmut Boese: Die Klarinette als Soloinstrument in der Musik der Mannheimer Schule [1940]
Burnet C. Tuthill: Concertos for Clarinet: Annotated Listings [1972]
John P. Newhill, "The Contribution of the Mannheim School to Clarinet Literature," Music Review 40, no. 2 (May 1979)


Note that CAMco uses the Kaiser system, which reflects a rough chronological order, to number the listed Stamitz concertos.  For any given concerto with conflicting numbering, the publisher's concerto number is included in CAMco's secondary title information in grey-colored text.


Concerto No. 1

Piano reduction: BillaudotEMB, Kunzelmann, Schott 
Arrangement for clarinet & clarinet quartet: Billaudot
Full score: Eulenberg (miniature size), Schott

Concerto No. 2

Concerto No. 3

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 3

Concerto No. 4

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 4

Concerto No. 5

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 5

Concerto No. 6

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 6

Piano reduction: G. Schirmer, Kunzelmann
Full score: Kunzelmann (miniature size)

Concerto No. 7

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 7

Piano reduction: Complete Works, Dowani (with audio accompaniment)IMCJeanné, Peters, Peters (with audio accompaniment)
Full score: Peters, Editions Musicales Transatlantiques (wind ensemble arrangement)
Audio accompaniment: Peters (performance tempo), Peters (slower and performance tempi) 
Arrangement for wind ensemble: Editions Musicales Transatlantiques

Concerto No. 8

Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 8

Concerto No. 9

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 9

Piano reduction: Schott

Concerto No. 10

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 10

Piano reduction: Sikorski

Concerto No. 11

Carl Stamitz Clarinet Concerto No. 11

Piano reduction: Sikorski

Basset Horn Concerto (originally in C)

Carl Stamitz Basset Horn Concerto

This has been transposed into multiple keys between publishers.
Piano reduction: Musica Rara (E-flat Major), Amadeus (B-flat Major)
Full score: Amadeus

Double Clarinet Concerto

Stamitz Double Clarinet Concerto
Piano reduction: Peters
Full score: Peters

Clarinet & Bassoon Concerto

Piano reduction: Sikorski

Johann Stamitz Clarinet Concerto in B-flat Major

Johann Stamitz Clarinet Concerto

Piano reduction: BillaudotHenle, Schott
Full score: Eulenberg (miniature size), Schott