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Ever since Mozart encountered the clarinet in Mannheim in 1778 he loved the instrument's warm and expressive tone. His friendship with Anton Stadler; the clarinetist in the Royal-Imperial Court Orchestra in Vienna; prompted him to compose not only the Clarinet Concerto (K. 622) but also this “Quintet of Quintets;” which was written two years before his death. Like almost all his works for the clarinet; this Quintet was probably intended originally for the basset clarinet. However; it survives only in two posthumous prints; both of which call for a standard clarinet. These prints form the basis of our edition. As an added bonus; the appendix contains a fragmentary Allegro in Bb major for the same combination of instruments.