Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A K 622
Mozart completed his only clarinet concerto just two months prior to his death and it has become one of the most enduring works in the solo clarinet repertoire. He composed the piece just shortly after the instrument was invented, and it’s often considered the first great piece for the relatively young instrument. He wrote the piece for his gifted friend, Anton Stadler, who had previously participated in performances of Mozart’s symphonies and operas. The work was premiered in Prague, though, and not Vienna, so it’s likely that the composer never heard his now-famous composition.