Johann Baptist Schenk (1753–1836) Concertante in Eb
edited by Himie Voxman
original scoring: clar,vl,orch
68 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 253 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-48635-1 | Softbound
Johann Baptist Schenk was born 30 November 1753 in Wiener-Neustadt and died 29 December 1836 in Vienna. He served as a choir boy in his youth and later studied violin. From 1774 to 1777, he was a student of Georg Christoph Wagenseil. A Mass of Schenk’s, performed in 1778, launched him on a successful career as a composer. He wrote some additional pieces of sacred music, then turned his attention to composing for the theatre.
His Singspiele and operas were quite popular. He did, however, compose for a variety of media. His instrumental works include a Concertante for clarinet, horn and orchestra, a Quartet in F Major for flute, 2 English horns and bassoon, Il Matrimonio Segreto for oboe, violin, viola and cello (1792), an incomplete work of the same title for clarinet, violin, viola and cello (1792), and an Andante Cantabile for clarinet and orchestra.
Today, Schenk is perhaps best known for having undertaken to secretly teach the young Beethoven, who had become discouraged with his progress under Haydn.
The editors wish to thank the library of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde for kindly providing the autograph which served as the basis for this edition.
R.P. Block, H. Voxman, Iowa City, Iowa, January, 1984.