(Johann Chrysostom) Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) was an Austrian composer. He began composing at the age of 5, and at 6, playing publicly; his first public concert was for the Empress Marie Therese. For ten years after that, he toured Europe with his father and sister, who was also a musician. Touring gave the Mozarts an opportunity to expand young Mozart's fame as well as his knowledge of contemporary composers and their music beyond what might be found in Central Europe.
The Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, was written at the same time as the Requiem and was one of the last pieces that Mozart wrote. It represents a change in the way that clarinets were employed: hitherto, they had only been used sparingly in the orchestra; with K. 622, they became fully integrated.
This recording is performed by the Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Michael Arrignon, soloist.
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