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Chamber Music on Monday Night

Page 1, Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio

Page 1, Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio

Live from WFMT, Mondays at 8:00 PM

Clarinetist Kara Bancks offers a melodious program on Live from WFMT. She opens with the Premiere Rhapsody by Debussy, then plays the popular “Kegelstatt Trio” by Mozart, Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano by Max Bruch, and Luigi Bassi’s Fantasia da Concerto “Rigoletto.”

The origin of the title of the Mozart Trio is oft told: “Kegelstatt” means bowling alley in German, which describes the composer enjoying a little game with his friends. It is wonderful to think of the genius jotting down these notes between turns at hurtling a heavy ball down the lane. The truth is less convenient for radio intros: Mozart did claim to write music in “Vienna 27 July 1786 while playing skittles.” Those words were scrawled on the title page of a set of duos for basset horn—an early clarinet and fairly new invention. The Clarinet Trio in Eb, however, was dated about a week later. It was the publisher who added the “Kegelstatt” moniker to this Trio. Was Mozart bowling around the time of composition? Yes. Was the Eb Trio rattling around in his brain at that moment? Who’s to say? Does it matter?

Kara Bancks will be joined by Deborah Dakin, viola; and Charles Schmidt, piano.

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