Clarinettiste Canadien au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Over-enthusiastic about cookies, Brahms and warm weather.
Practicing E flat clarinet is the reason for the quote “No Pain, No Gain”
Okay, so. This is what I’ve planned so far.
Messager - Solo de Concours
Sancan - Sonatine
Arvo Part - Spiegel im Spiegel
Martinu - Sonatina
Carter - GRA
Francaix - Tema con Variazioni
And this program is probably just over 45 minutes which is exactly how much I want. And I have 3.5 months to learn it (though I’ve already learned the Martinu and Francaix, and started looking at Messager and Sancan.)
Hey guys! Any suggestions of clarinet concertos that have wind ensemble accompaniment?
I need one for the fall :)
What do you guys know about Boehm clarinet being played in Germany/Austria?
I have this idea in my head that it was controversial and if you wanted to study or work in Germany you had to play on Ohler system clarinets? Is this still true or is that a thing of the past?
Or do you guys know anything about them (other than like the specifics of the key system/mouthpiece stuff).
I’ve picked a Stravinsky which I’m SUPER pleased with, and I actually got two GREAT recordings of. I also picked a Mozart which I’m so happy with how it turned out, it’s not dazzling, but that piece brought way too many tears to even be okay.
I’ve listened to Brahms and Mendelssohn all through, and now I have to choose between 4 recordings of the Brahms and 6 of the Mendelssohn. The Brahms wasn’t perfect and I’m super picky about that one, but I think in reality whichever I pick will be a strong performance.
And Mendelssohn..I actually got a few decent ones. I could fool someone into thinking I was decent at that excerpt, but man. I’m so terrible.
Then using my Debussy from last year. omg who am I. But whatever, I sound super fly.
I can’t believe David Shifrin is actually going to like. Hear me play, indirectly. That’s fucking ridiculous.
So I just finished competing in my second concerto competition this fall! :)
Hopefully it ends up as well as the first one! :) I feel good about my performance. I’d say a touch underprepared, but I played quite well still and I feel like my performance had a lot of character despite it maybe not being as clean as I’d have liked.
Now that I can put Weber aside for at least a month I was just thinking about what I need to change my focus on to now. I am an IDIOT and this year is SO PACKED WITH REPERTOIRE THAT I’M GOING TO DIE.
So this September to April I will have learned:
Copland’s Clarinet Concerto
Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (Exposition of each movement)
Saint-Saens’ Clarinet Sonata
Brahms Clarinet Sonatas No. 1 and No. 2
Brahms Trio in A minor
Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet (Second Piece)
Beethoven Symphony 6
Brahms Symphony 3
Shostakovich Symphony 9
Bartok Miraculous Mandarin
Mahler Symphony 9 (Bassclarinet)
Copland El Salon Mexico (Eb Clarinet)
Ravel’s Bolero (Eb Clarinet)
As well as all of the repertoire for the University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra (omg L’apres midi, Brahms 1, Nielson Flute Concerto, Mozart Grand Mass..etc..) and for Wind Quintet.
I’m literally dying. So stupid. Never planning for this much repertoire ever again.
But..there is something in my mouth.
As opposed to a water pistol like it normally sounds.