Franklin Stöver (1953-)

Späth's Symphonie Concertante (1830) for 2 clarinets & orchestra/piano reduction

01 Oct 2020 News

Later this year (in 2020) I will be bringing out a 2 clarinet piano reduction of Andreas Späth's unique Symphonie Concertante, op. 103 for 2 clarinets and orchestra, in 3 movements. The work will be available both here and at possibly by January 2021. Excerpted from the Forward are the following notes on the work and the composer. 

The 3-movement Symphonie Concertante, op. 103 by Andreas Späth was completed in 1828 and published in 1830 by Bernhard Schott of Mainz who included Anton Foreit's version for solo oboe as alternate to the 1st clarinet part. There is no indication that B. Schott offered a piano reduction of the score, and although a full set of parts have been located in the archives of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munchen, a full score has not turned up. The present piano reduction featuring 2 clarinets attempts to rectify errors found in the urtext edition by piecing together the separate solo and orchestral parts. Späth was born at Rossach near Coburg, Germany on Oct. 9, 1790 and died at Gotha on April 26, 1876. In the Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians by Zwillingsbruder (1893), Späth is described as a “dramatic and church composer” having composed over 250 works. From George Walter the local school music teacher, he received his first musical instruction. Späth studied under Christian Friedrich Gumlich at Coberg and with Philipp J. Riotti in Vienna. In 1810, he was accepted into the Orchestra of the Prince of Coberg, and was for 11 years church organist at Morges, Switzerland. In 1833, Späth became music director at Neuchâtel and later made Hof-Kapellmeister at Coburg. His operas include Ida von Rosenau (1821), Elisa die Müllerin (1833), Der Astrolog (1837), and Omar und Sultana (1842). Späth also composed music for ballets, the oratorio Judas Iscariot (1856) string quartets, and music for military band. Other works by Späth for clarinet include his Variations, op. 69, Elegie, op. 178, Introduction and Variations on a theme of Mozart, op. 104, Three Nocturnes, op. 175, and Alpenlied, op. 167 for voice, clarinet and piano.



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