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In this section you can download the archives you are interested in. Non-commercial copying is welcome. Please contact me before other activities beyond teaching and performance (publishing, recording...). Thanks a lot.

Carles Riera with the Orquestra Barroca de Mallorca and Barry Sargent

-Quartet for clarinet and 3 basset horns, KV 580a
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Completion: Carles Riera

Mozart composed this excellent quartet in 1789. He only wrote down the complete melody, which begins with the same motive he used later in the Ave verum corpus (1791), and the accompaniment of the exposition, for 3 basset horns. The accompaniment of the development and recapitulation has been completed by Carles Riera.
You can download the parts from the original instrumentation and also from a version for 3 b flat clarinets and bass clarinet (without note changes). The format of the archives is .pdf.
You can listen to it in the Stadler Trio (Glossa 920602) CD.

-Duet KV 487, n. 12
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Improvisation ideas by Carles Riera

This duet is here for anybody who thinks that during the Classical Period nobody improvised, i.e. that every note performed was written down.
It is a horn duet (1786), but playable on other instruments. Generally speaking, to improvise according to the period rules, move stepwise (conjunct motion) or chromatically. If you feel like using disjunct motion, do it within the chord. This archive might be useful for performers and professors of pedagogy, improvisation, chamber music...
-Sons en el temps
Carles Riera

This is a book on music appreciation with a lot of Scherzi (musical jokes) and anecdotes. You can download it in Catalan (original) or in Spanish (not yet in English, sorry!).

-Stadler Trio
Eric Hoeprich, Carles Riera & Albert Gumí

How was the sound that inspired Mozart? The Stadler Trio plays with two copies of basset horns made by Theodor Lotz, the great maker who worked with Anton Stadler and Mozart himself, and an original (first part) made by Raymund Griesbacher, the maker-performer who played in the basset horn trio of the brothers Anton and Johann Stadler. We cannot know how was the sound of the clarinets that pleased so much Mozart, but, probably, it would be close to the recordings you can download here. If you want to consider another possibility, you can listen to the Stadler Trio CD for Glossa, performed on three originals made by Theodor Lotz, very well preserved in Slovakia. Have a look at the signature and the n. 1, 2 & 3 (the instruments were designed to play in a trio). You can also see the rank of Lotz as an imperial supplier: K.K. HOF INSTRUMENTENMACHER/IN WIEN.
The basset horn trios (a sort of alto clarinets) played "Harmonie", i.e., arrangements for winds of the most celebrated parts of the contemporary operas, and original pieces, like the ones that Mozart, among many others, wrote for them.

The recordings you can download are live (Stadler Trio concert at the roman church of Barberà del Vallès in March, 26 of 2000). The recording was made by Jofre Dodero. The download format is: .mp3

The three examples of Harmonie above are by Mozart. The two first are the well known Papageno arias in The Magic Flute, and the third is the Cherubino canzona from Figaro. They all are anonymous arrangements from the XVIII century for three basset horns.
The two pieces that follow are originals for basset horn trio (or for two basset horns and bassoon KV 410). First one is by the clarinetist who inspired, together with the great instruments he played, Mozart, and the second is an amazing canon "al rovescio" by Mozart.

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