Thursday, March 24, 2011

Martin Fröst Humming While Accompanying Himself on the Clarinet

A very fun video that shows yet another amazing talent of this great player.

This technique requires a great amount of skill when it comes to circular breathing. All clarinet sound is made by pushing out air with the cheeks. All lung power is devoted to the humming. It really is impressive.

The fun starts at 1:20 and again at 3:50, unless you speak Swedish.

Best Sources for Free Clarinet Sheet Music

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IMSLP - Petrucci Music Library
This is the best source around when it comes to free sheet music, and not just for the clarinet either. Symphonies, concerti, sonatas, chamber music, etc. are all available here for free. The music is all public domain, so more recent works, such as those by Shostakovich, are not available here.

The Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles
This is another great source for clarinet music. It has solo pieces, duets, quartets, quintets, and chamber music for the clarinet. It also has a library of midi files of many clarinet works. There is a section with recordings made by the Institute as well. This consists of popular classical pieces set for clarinet ensemble. Some of the selections include Eine Kline Nachtmusik and In the Hall of the Mountain King.

This website has a lot of clarinet music for free download. The music on here ranges from happy birthday to Bach's Air on the G string. From my personal experience it does not have many pieces from the classical clarinet literature. Mostly transcriptions of folk tunes and some classics. It also has duets for two clarinets as well as duets for clarinet and oboe, flute, or saxophone. 

Posture and Tension and Their Effect on Wind Playing

An interesting experiment recently happened over at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. It all happened when flute teacher, Nancy Stagnitta, and dance instructor, Nicola Conraths, were discussing the connection between the body and the instrument. After talking about how tension and posture seem to affect the playing they decided to design an experiment to test how much proper and relaxed posture affect the quality of the sound. With the help of physics instructor, Taoufik Nadji, they found a way to test and measure the impact.

Read more at the Interlochen Center for the Arts website:

Firebird - Berceuse with Daniel Matsukawa

I know this is for bassoon, but much of what he says rings very true for all wind players as well as for musicians in general. Very interesting and useful information.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Clarinet Symphony Openings

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Clarinet
Clarinet III/Bass

Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Clarinet III/Auxiliary (includes Eb, Bb, and Bass)

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Substitute and Extra

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Clarinet III/Bass

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Principal Clarinet

Boise Philharmonic Orchestra
Clarinet III/Bass