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I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked the Köchel catalogue on wikipedia and the IMSLP catalog and there's nothing of this sort.

I could find only scarce mentions of it on the internet:

  • Amazon lists the publisher as G. Ricordi & Co (1954).
  • OCLC WorldCat confirms the publisher and adds a few more details.

Since the arrangement is from 1954 I can afford myself to think that musicologists as the time didn't correctly identify the piece. It also came to my mind that Bellison took various movements from other pieces and compiled them into a suite himself.

Note that the name of the piece hints that a Suite No. 1 existed. I could only find a mention of such a thing on Amazon and it's for clarinet solo and piano published in 1941. So, the publishing date checks out as being before Suite No. 2 and again it's possible that Bellison mashed up parts of other pieces into a suite.

The Suite No. 2 has 4 movements (pictures show snippets of the 1st clarinet part):

  1. Allegro [3/4]

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  2. Andantino [2/4]

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  3. Menuetto [Minuet and Trio 3/4]

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  4. Presto [3/8]

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*The parts are clarinet 1, 2, an Eb alto clarinet or a basset horn in F, and a Bass Clarinet. A 3rd Bb clarinet part can substitute for the alto/basset part, in which case alternative parts are provided to account for this difference.

  • Mozart wrote literally hundreds of Allegro, Menuetto and Presto movements. You must post something for us to work with. Small snippets covered by the fair use exception will do. – Kilian Foth Nov 1 '16 at 22:04
  • @KilianFoth Alright, will add snippets next Monday when I get the sheet music again. – user1803551 Nov 3 '16 at 12:05
  • @KilianFoth Updated with snippets. – user1803551 Nov 9 '16 at 3:18
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The Allegro is the Intrada (overture) to Bastien und Bastienne K50.

The Minuet and Trio are from Divertimento 11 in D K251.

The Andantino and Presto are from Divertimento 14 in B flat K270.

  • Bravo! All that is left is to find the Allegro. – user1803551 Nov 9 '16 at 23:52
  • Yesterday I went through all of Kochel's catalogue and couldn't see it. Did I miss it? Perhaps the 1st clarinet line at the start isn't the main tune. – Rosie F Nov 10 '16 at 7:03
  • All the other parts have constant eights, the first part has the melody. – user1803551 Nov 15 '16 at 22:01
  • Oh wow, you found the Allegro too. You should have pinged me :) – user1803551 Dec 5 '16 at 12:08
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If this http://www.woodwind.org/clarinet/Study/Bellison.html is correct, the "arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet" a re-arrangement of an old arrangement (probably not by Mozart, unless he did it just for the money) for clarinet and string trio, of the Mozart works listed here: http://imslp.org/wiki/3_Quartets,Op.79(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)

The IMSLP page only has the parts, not a score, but that should be enough for you to verify if this really is what you are talking about.

If this was one of Bellinson's arrangements for his Clarinet Choir founded in the 1920s, then you are right that Mozart scholarship was not so "well organized" then as it is now.

Mozart's own catalog of his works only included about the final one-third of his total output (counting by the number of pieces, not by their size or popularity.)

Köchel's first attempt at a complete catalogue of Mozart's works was made in 1862, and the first major revision and update to it was published in 1937.

  • It's not that. Added snippets to the question. – user1803551 Nov 9 '16 at 3:19

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