I am a 20 year old bachelor of music student at the University of Alberta. Majoring in Clarinet Performance!
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The most exciting thing going on in my life at this moment is listening to Burt Hara’s fucking magnificent, glowing, resonant tone.
So I spent three hours today recording a few excerpts for festival auditions. And after slaving away, I managed to get a decent recording of the clarinet excerpt for Stravinsky’s Firebird!
Let me know what you think! :)
God bless alternate fingerings for e flat clarinet. Literally saved me from the wrath of Mahler.
Sometimes I forget that reeds are inanimate objects and not actually little demons trying to ruin my life.
I got my first ever gig with a professional symphony today..
The personnel manager of the Edmonton Symphony emailed me and said my teacher gave him my contact info, and asked if I could play one of the masters series concerts in February.
I’ll probably just play third clarinet on one piece but like..this is like whaT I WANT TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. *ugly crying*
Clarinettists! Do you guys play the Prokofiev excerpt on B flat or A! I can’t decide which to do and my teacher told me I can choose whichever. Help!
My Grandpa just asked me in 100% seriousness, “Josh…have you heard of.. the ‘Mozart Clarinet Concerto?!’”
Practice sessions where I work on intonation literally always end in a rage or in tears. Or both.
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.
So in my 2 or so odd years of actually listening to clarinet recordings (horrible horrible high school Josh didn’t listen to clarinet music. WHY MAN WHY) I have chosen 5 clarinetists that I would say I am currently inspired by in my quest for tone development. Some of which I’ve only recently gotten into their playing.
Jon Manasse - Absolutely gorgeous sound. So smooth and rich and just utterly flawless. Like a bead of water. Sometimes his playing leaves me wanting more passion-wise, like in his Brahms Sonata recordings, but his lighter stuff is so charming and his Mozart is heavenly. Honestly the perfect sound.
Ricardo Morales - The sweetest sound! One thing I strive for in my sound is this sort of sweetness and lightness and he definitely has it. I adore his Brahms Quintet and the Philadelphia recording of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, the clarinet solos just draw you in with their sweetness and depth of sound. I like the fluttering and gentleness that he can achieve.
Alessandro Carbonare - Such a power house! He has a slightly brighter, more intense sound but his technique is totally flawless and accurate. He makes me want to listen to Weber, and I really really agree with a lot of his musical decisions, and his musicality seems so natural. He has an incredible amount of musical energy his sound just seems so focussed and full.
Burt Hara - I haven’t heard a lot of his stuff, but for some reason his playing just makes me believe that he is a total sweetheart with a loveable personality. His playing is so intimate and really draws you in because he has something to say. He has a rich sound that has a sort of woodiness that makes it seem so earthy and natural.
Mark Nuccio - Really intense sound and musical intention! I don’t try and aim exactly for his sound, but I appreciate his intensity and enjoy his musical ideas a lot! He’s the only one I’ve met and I loved him as a teacher and the things he had to say about music. Even though his sound gets on the bright/intense side sometimes for me I still enjoy it.
I obviously love the playing of many other big name clarinetists, notably Sabine Meyer and Martin Frost, but Sabine has a gorgeous and in your face sound that I don’t think suits my playing much, and Frost’s musical decisions are sometimes questionable, unlike his flawless technique and sound. Any other must-listen to clarinetists that you guys really enjoy??
Finally got around to listening to Ricardo Morales play! His playing in his recording of Brahms quintet is divine. Such a sweet sound.
Does anyone know if he is actually ever at Juilliard with his students, or does he only come in once in a while???
I was thinking the other day about how musicians are so resilient and perseverant, but then I remembered that one time it rained and my practicing was a wreck for a week.
Practicing E flat clarinet is the reason for the quote “No Pain, No Gain”