Franklin Stöver (1953-)

Spaeth Symphonie-Concertante (1830) for 2 clarinets & orchestra/piano reduction

01 Jul 2019 News

Early 2020 I will be bringing out a 2 clarinet piano reduction of Andreas Spaeth's rare and unique Symphonie-Concertante, op. 103 for 2 clarinets and orchestra, in 3 movements. Spaeth (or Späth) was born in 1790 and died in 1876, of German extraction. The work will be available both here and at possibly in January 2020. Excerpted from the Forward are the following notes on the work and the composer. 

The 3-movement Symphonie-Concertante, op. 103 by Andreas Späth (a.k.a. André Spaeth) was composed sometime before 1830 and scored for 2 clarinets and orchestra. In 1830, Bernhard Schott of Mainz published Anton Foreit's version of the work for solo oboe and clarinet with orchestra. 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. Anton Foreit (1792-1877), a well-known oboist of the era, possibly only "arranged" or approved the transposition of the 1st clarinet part; the arranging was most likely carried out by Spaeth as was his usual habit. 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. Spaeth (or Späth) is better known by his transliterated name, André Spaeth, the name that appeared in print most often. Späth was born at Rossach near Coburg, Germany on Oct. 9, 1790 and died at Gotha on April 26, 1876, although some sources state he died in May. In the Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians by Zwillingsbruder (1893), Spaeth 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. Spaeth 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, Spaeth 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). Spaeth 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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