Carl Philipp Stamitz was a Czech composer from Germany. He was the most visible representative of the Mannheim School's second generation. Carl Stamitz was the eldest son of Johann Stamitz, an early classical violinist and composer. Carl Stamitz composed a large number of symphonies and concertante symphonies (orchestral works with contrasting groups of solo instruments). He made important contributions to the concerto repertoire, including 15 authenticated violin concertos, a selection of clarinet concertos, and three viola concertos, the latter of special significance given the instrument's small solo repertoire. Carl Stamitz was a prolific chamber music composer who wrote a wide range of works for ensembles, from wind band works to duos, with a lot of them including the viola. His design is rooted in the Mannheim tradition and is very much of the day.
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