Johann Stamitz, composer and violinist, was born on June 19, 1717 in Nêmecky (Czechoslovakia) and died on March 27, 1757 in Mannheim, Germany; both sons Carl (1745-1801) and Anton (1750-1809) were also composers.
Mannheim was famous for its orchestra; Stamitz first went to Mannheim in 1741, becoming concertmaster in 1745 and director of instrumental music in 1750. As an early Classical Period (1750-1825) Symphonist, he composed 58 Symphonies (developing the idea of 4 movements, with a 3rd Movement Minuet & Trio, and a 4th Movement Presto) and 10 Orchestral Trios, in addition to numerous solo Concertos: 10 Violin, 2 Harpsichord, 11 Flute, 1 Oboe and 1 Clarinet, possibly the earliest Clarinet Concerto - German composer Johann Melchior Molter (1695-1765) is usually credited as the first composer to write a Clarinet Concerto.
The clarinet did not become a regular part of the Mannheim orchestra until the year after he died.
To avoid the use of 32nd notes and, thus make the piece appear less intimidating, all of the rhythmic values have been doubled and the meter changed from 2/4 to 4/4. in the 2nd movement and from 3/8 to 3/4 in the 3rd movement.
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