Clarinet charms [review of Philipp Jakob Riotte, Clarinet Concerto in C minor, op.36, ed. Martin Harlow]

Lawson, C. (2017) Clarinet charms [review of Philipp Jakob Riotte, Clarinet Concerto in C minor, op.36, ed. Martin Harlow]. Early Music, 45 (3). pp. 480-481. ISSN 0306-1078 (print) 1741-7260 (online)

Abstract

Philipp Jakob Riotte (1776–1856) is little known today, but in his lifetime enjoyed success in every musical form then in favour. After early tuition in Frankfurt and Offenbach, he held positions in Gotha, Danzig and Magdeburg, before moving to Vienna in 1808, where he worked at the court opera and then as music director at the Theater an der Wien (1818–21 and 1824–6). Riotte’s obituary in the Neue Wiener Musik-Zeitung noted that his compositions ‘were distinguished by much melody and pleasing harmonious flow, though calculated for entertainment and for the moment, without depth and significant substance’.

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