- Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 23, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521476682
- ISBN-13: 978-0521476683
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The appearance of this new clarinet study is most welcome....this is a composite effort....it provides wealth of information useful to players and clarinet admirers alike. Serious students and players will have many occasions to consult specific points, yet it contains enough general information to warrant its inclusion in music libraries of all sorts." David Ross, Notes
This text offers students and performers a composite survey of the history and repertory of the clarinet from its origins to the present day, as well as guidance on teaching and playing from historical performance to contemporary techniques and jazz.
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Do you enjoy both practical ideas of how to play as well as philosophical discussion? This is the book for you!
As the Colin Lawson, editor says, this is more a generator of thought about many aspects of clarinet playing than it is a comprehensive study.
There is plenty of information about the early history of the clarinet and the various types in the clarinet family. You will find good information about musical literature including the clarinet.
The chapter by Tony Pay about mechanics of playing is probably the best as Mr. Pay raises many thoughtful points about just how we go about sounding our best as players and musicians.
Equal to the historical chapters are the chapters about the current clarinet scene: jazz, recordings, and contemporary music.
I highly recommend this book!
John Gibson, JB Linear Music and author of Advanced Clarinet Technique; and Advanced Intonation Technique for Clarinets
This is more of a survey of all the different clarinets (as well as their histories), clarinet repertoire, and modern trends. There are nice chapters on the clarinet family, including the high clarinets, the C clarinet, the basset horn, and the bass clarinet. The basset horn is famous for its huge range (four octaves!). But Georgina Dobree explains that it isn't easy to play. You need a soft reed, you have to be careful in all registers. And although it is easy to hit the high notes (especially if you have one of the smaller-bore ones), you may need alternate fingerings to play them in tune. Personally, I think the basset clarinet is a better instrument to learn, if you have the money to acquire one.
Michael Harris discusses my favorite of the clarinets, the bass clarinet. I like it because its range extends far enough down so that one can play a wide variety of parts. Harris again explains that it isn't so tough to hit the highest notes on this instrument, but one has to choose a mouthpiece that lets you hit the next highest octave as well. Roger Heaton's chapter includes some good fingering choices for the highest notes.
Then there are chapters on the clarinet repertoire, players and composers, clarinet recordings, the clarinet in jazz, the mechanics of playing the clarinet, and teaching the clarinet. Then we get some expert advice on how to play historical clarinets, from Colin Lawson. It's written in a style that is interesting for us non-professionals. Next is some explicit advice for the prospective professional clarinetist, from Nicholas Cox.
The most fascinating chapter is by Roger Heaton, on the contemporary clarinet. That covers some topics such as high note fingerings, microtones, and circular breathing.
You don't need to know much about the clarinet to enjoy this book. But to profit from the more expert advice, you need to play the clarinet fairly well already.