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Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581

Description

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.

Photos

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  • 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

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

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

Audio Sample: 

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

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
June 6, 2000
Notes:

Additional performances on June 7 & 8, 2000
Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581 (premiere), Surfer At The River Styx (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
September 29, 2000
Notes:

Additional performances on September 30 - October 1, 2000
Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 16, 2001
Notes:

Additional performances on February 17-18, 2001
Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
Joyce Theater, New York, NY
February 20, 2001
Notes:

Additional performances on February 21-25, 2001
Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
June 21, 2001
Notes:

Additional performance on June 22, 2001
Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
World Trade Center, New York, NY
September 8, 2001
Notes:

Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Sinatra Suite (excerpts), Westerly Round

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 1, 2002