David Philip Hefti [1975 *]


to the clarinet concerto in Bb Major by Johann Stamitz

The Cadenzas to Stamitz's Clarinet Concerto were commissioned by Valentin Wandeler in 2006. Contemporary cadenzas written for Classical works tend to have a polarising effect. It is extremely difficult, particularly in compositions of the Mannheim Classicism, to do justice to this music that is very light. So I was concerned that I should not juxtapose my music with Stamitz's in a confrontational manner, but should rather compose transitions from the one style into the other. All the motives of these cadenzas are related to themes from the Clarinet Concerto.

D. P. H.