Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio - Monday's Ensemble Monterey Free Download

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Dear Ensemble Monterey Friends - Mozart loved games of all kinds. He was reputed to be one of the best pool hustlers of his time. "Kegelstatt" in German means a place where you would play skittles, which was a form of outdoor bowling. (The inventors later turned to the confectionary business). Mozart even boasted that he had composed several duets (K.487) in his head while playing skittles. So this composition, in English is The Bowling Alley Trio. He composed it in 1786 for an illustrious group of friends. He played viola, his student, Franziska von Jacquin, played piano and the immortal Anton Stadler played clarinet. Stadler gained a permanent place in musician heaven by introducing Mozart to the clarinet, and was responsible for such masterworks as the Gran Partita, the Clarinet Quartet and the Clarinet Concerto. These were all close friends of Mozart's and the trio was most likely intended as an afternoon of enjoyment and fun music making. I hope you will enjoy it as much as they must have on that Wednesday afternoon when they played music and indulged in a little bowling. "Go ye and do likewise!"

Yours in MusicI - John Anderson