Joshua!
Clarinettiste Canadien au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Over-enthusiastic about cookies, Brahms and warm weather.

 

Symphonies!

You guys, I just don’t think I’m up to par on my knowledge of symphonic repertoire!
What do you think are some really important symphonies that I should listen to!!??

Like I just kind of listened to the symphonies on my iTunes for a long time and have finally started to branch out, but some direction would be good.
I’ve got a decent start and have covered all the Brahms, most of Beethoven (excluding 1, 2 and 8), Shosty 5+9, Mahler 1, 3, 5 and 9, Schumann 2, Rachmaninov 2, Dvorak 9, Tchaik 5, Saint-Saens 3.
(I’ve obviously listened to other symphonies before, but not enough or attentively enough to be familiar with them if someone were to talk about them!)

And that’s realistically a tiny amount of symphonies :P, but only being in orchestra a year and a half, I’ve only actually ever played two symphonies! (Schumann 2 and Brahms 1!)  
SO. Fire away those suggestions pwease.  

Dear god…

I just found the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas arranged for flute and piano. I’m listening to the first one, and I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Okay, some days the clarinet makes me want to throw myself off a bridge, but I’m not going to lie..out of all the orchestral wind instruments our repertoire is the freaking best. By far. I we play such an insanely cool, versatile instrument. 

I’m listening to a clarinet recital on Naxos with common pieces I haven’t gotten around to listening through yet (Sancan, Arnold, Martinu, etc) and it’s just so hilarious and cheeky, while managing to be romantic and lush, and then frantic and energized. Coolest solo repertoire ever.  

Hey guys, I feel like I’ve been lacking on the posting of anything musical lately!
So here is recording my quintet did back in May of Poulenc’s Sextet for Winds and Piano.
This is the third and final movement (the first is on my tumblr somewhere.)

Enjoy!
I’d love responses and feedback! :) 

Just got hired at a music studio!

The thought of having my own little flute and clarinet studios is the cutest thing in the entire world.

The studio manager said she was confident that I’d have at least 6 students for the fall, potentially more :)

I’m so excited.

What do you guys do musically when you can’t practice?

So I pulled something in my shoulder trying to stretch the other day, and it’s becoming quite painful. It’s put stress on my whole left arm and left side of the neck, and my wrists are just tired and tense anyway, so I might take today as a physical recovery day.

I can picture myself being one of those musicians who burns out when they’re 21 and has to stop playing because they pushed themselves too hard. I really really don’t want that to happen..

But I get all anxious if I don’t practice much or if I’m not working towards my musical goals in some way?
SO What do you guys do that isn’t physically practicing? Like breathing exercises, mental practice? Fill me in! :D :D 

I actually practiced flute this evening - and obviously figured it would be a good idea to show off my adorz piccolos. (Why do I own two piccolos? Really?)One is just a regular yamaha one and the other is more of an antique that I bought at a thrift market in France. :)
Also, haters gon hate I’m still in pjs and haven’t showered.  

I actually practiced flute this evening - and obviously figured it would be a good idea to show off my adorz piccolos. (Why do I own two piccolos? Really?)
One is just a regular yamaha one and the other is more of an antique that I bought at a thrift market in France. :)

Also, haters gon hate I’m still in pjs and haven’t showered.