Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581

Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Durham, NC
Dance sections

I. Allegro: Roberts, Selya, Asnes

II. Largetto: Tuttle, Selya, Parkinson, Roberts

III. Minuetto: Selya, Tuttle, Asnes, Roberts, Parkinson

IV. Tema con Variazioni: Parkinson, Roberts, Selya, Asnes, Tuttle

Total number of dancers
5
Runtime
00:28:40
Other program information

Stage Manager:  Paul Bartlett
Company Manager:  Diane Daubert
Assistant to Scott Zielinski:  Juliet Chia
Assistant to Twyla Tharp:  Laila Sales

From the original program: "The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation thanks Jeff & Patsy Tarr, Charles & Stephanie Reinhart, Santo Loquasto, David Kahne, Scott Zielinski, Burr & Burton Academy, Mark Springer/Quad Recording Studios NYC.

Ashley Tuttle appearing courtesy of American Ballet Theatre, Andrew Asnes and Francie Huber appearing courtesy of the Paul Taylor Dance Company."

After choreographing two big Romantic ballets (The Beethoven Seventh and The Brahms-Haydn Variations), Tharp reassembled a company and created Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581, a chamber ballet, for the new dancers.

The piece opens with a men's trio; their gentle humor and easy demeanor sets the tone for the following sections. The phrases are light and uninhibited but firmly planted in classical vocabulary. The dancers are grouped and regrouped in a variety of combinations - solos, double duets, a male-female-male trio - creating a feeling of familiarity within the ensemble.

  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581
    Selya, Tuttle, Parkinson and Roberts in a promotional photo. © Robert Whitman
  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581
    Parkinson, Roberts and Selya in a promotional photo. © Robert Whitman
  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581
    Roberts and Parkinson in performance. © Bruce R. Feeley
Video Description

Roberts, Parkinson, Tuttle, Selya and Benjamin Bowman in a later performance.

Full music program

Quintet for Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola and Violoncello in A major, K. 581 "Stadler Quintet"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Played by:
Charles Neidich (Basset Clarinet)
Vera Beths (Violin I)
Lucy van Dael (Violin II)
Jurgen Kussmaul (Viola)
Anner Bylsma (Violoncello)

On the album "Mozart Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet Quartet; Kegelstatt Trio"
Released by Sony -1993

Music details
Music track
webmusic-mozart_clarinet.mp3
Audio sample

Larghetto
From the Stadler Quintet
Composed by W.A. Mozart

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World Trade Center
New York, NY
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Ahmanson Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Joyce Theater
New York, NY
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
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Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
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Duke University, Page Auditorium
Durham, NC