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Underblown Eb clarinet multiphonics — heather rocheUnderblown Eb clarinet multiphonics

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 3, 2017

This post is closely related to the post on using the register key, the post on bass clarinet underblown multiphonics and also to the post on Eb clarinet dyads. It might be worth reading those, as well as the posts on spectral multiphonics for Bb, bass and contrabass clarinets, and Bb and Bass dyads to have a […]

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Aram Khachaturian – Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1932) [Score-Video]

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 30, 2017

W.A.Mozart – Clarinet concerto in A major – Nadja Drakslar

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 11, 2016



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Jazz Musician Pete Fountain Plays Clarinet on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 7, 2016

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How to Play New Orleans Style Clarinet

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on April 9, 2016
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Maurice Ravel – Introduction et Allegro – Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 28, 2015

Trio for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet

Posted in Clarinet, Flute, Oboe by Higher Density Blog on November 6, 2014


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Acker Bilk – After Midnight, When Summer Comes

Posted in Clarinet, Instrumentals by Higher Density Blog on November 3, 2014


Darius Darius Milhaud – Sonata for Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Piano

Posted in Clarinet, Composers, Ensemble, Flute, Oboe, Piano, Sonata by Higher Density Blog on September 28, 2014


Instrument – Clarinet

Posted in Clarinet, Instrument by Higher Density Blog on September 19, 2014
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Learning Clarinet Resources

Posted in Clarinet, Resources by Higher Density Blog on June 5, 2014

Duncanmn·10 videos

Video about resources for learning to play clarinet on your own. Resources listed in video:

Clarinet Mentors/Michelle Anderson: http://www.learnclarinetnow.com
Youtube Username: ClarinetMentors

Tom Ridenour: http://www.ridenourclarinetproducts.com
Youtube Username: William Ridenour

Kathy Williams-DeVries: http://www.kathywilliams76.com
Youtube Username: Kathy Williams-Devries


Mozart Clarinet Concerto – Julian Bliss

Posted in Clarinet, Classical, Concerto, Mozart, Music, Orchestra by Higher Density Blog on June 4, 2014

heatherroche.net – Examples of Double Trills for Bb clarinet

Posted in Clarinet by Higher Density Blog on May 13, 2014


Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon – Woodwind Trio

Posted in Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Music, Trio by Higher Density Blog on April 1, 2014


Ceora Winds·10 videos

Ceora Winds performing a Shostakovich Piano Prelude arranged for Wind Trio by Quinto Manganini.

Michelle Matsumune – flute; Heather Millette – clarinet, Christin Webb – bassoon.

Milhaud – Suite for Violin, Clarinet, Piano

Posted in Clarinet, Ensemble, Europe, Music, Piano, Violin by Higher Density Blog on December 19, 2013

Octavestorm·141 videos


Darius Milhaud – Sonata for Oboe, Flauto, Clarinet and Piano (1918)

Posted in Clarinet, Classical, Flute, Music, Oboe, Piano, Sonata by Higher Density Blog on December 18, 2013

TheWelleszCompany·2,856 videos

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974): Sonata per oboe, flauto, clarinetto e pianoforte, Op.47 (1918).

1. Tranquille
2. Joyeux
3. Emporte
4. Douloureux

Ensemble Polytonaal

Cover image: painting by Georges Seurat

G. Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue – Clarinet, Piano

Posted in Clarinet, Piano by Higher Density Blog on December 9, 2013

Antonio Tinelli·14 videos

LIVE CONCERT George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue for clarinet and piano; DUO Antonio Tinelli (clarinet) – Giuliano Mazzoccante (piano); live recording (Molfetta – BA, Italy). For contact or info http://www.antoniotinelli.com

Brahms Clarinet Piano Sonata, No 1, Fm

Posted in Brahms, Clarinet, Music Score, Piano, Sonata by Higher Density Blog on November 3, 2013

Michael Rusinek on Good Slur and Staccato Articulation

Posted in Articulation by Higher Density Blog on August 16, 2013
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John Corigliano – Clarinet Concerto

Posted in Clarinet, Composers, Concerto by Higher Density Blog on July 13, 2013

TheMasterDecoder·15 videos

Stanley Druker, clarinet

This was performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

I. Cadenzas 0:00
II. Elegy 9:00
III. Antiphonal Toccata 17:35

The world premiere took place on December 6, 1977, in New York, with soloist Stanley Drucker and the New York Philharmonic directed by Leonard Bernstein. The piece and the performances were great successes. Commissioned by the Philharmonic, the Clarinet Concerto is dedicated to Drucker and Bernstein. Allan Kozinn, writing in the New York Times, lavished praise on the piece: “It is indeed a sophisticated work with a complex formal structure and a harmonic base that takes in everything from major/minor tonality to clusters and 12-tone rows… It also aims for visceral appeal.” The Philharmonic took the Concerto on European tours in 1977 and 1980.

When Corigliano received the commission for the Clarinet Concerto, he wanted to utilize every player in the group, giving many of them solos. At times, the piece sounds like a concerto for orchestra. Having had lessons with Drucker, Corigliano was intimately familiar with the clarinetist’s technique and was inspired to write a technically demanding clarinet part. Corigliano recalls that the sheer size of the score surprised Bernstein, who was expecting a much shorter piece.

Corigliano’s score calls for a plethora of percussion instruments and he uses them often. Antiphonal groups of brass and woodwinds, placed in the balconies of the hall, create an effect bordering on the theatrical.

The composer says of his Concerto, “I think of the first two movements as being terribly serious and the last as a kind of festival for all players.” The first movement, “Cadenzas”, consists of two virtuosic cadenzas separated by an orchestra-dominated interlude. The first cadenza, Ignis fatuus (Will-o-the-wisp), is a rapid, whispering series of runs on the clarinet supported by a dissonant chord (E flat, D, A, E) in the strings. The interlude begins as the orchestra plays transformations of the first clarinet run at a much slower tempo. When the clarinet enters it tries to increase the tempo before beginning a conversation with the trombones. Intensity grows until crashing percussion marks the beginning of the second cadenza, Corona solis (Crown of the sun). The melodic material and harmony of the first cadenza return, but are more energized. After a powerful climax involving the entire orchestra, the intensity diminishes until the sound disappears.

“Elegy” is the title of the second movement. Corigliano wrote the movement in memory of his father, creating a dialogue for the clarinet and violin. Two ideas dominate the movement, the first sounding in the strings, the second played on the solo clarinet. The same mood persists throughout the movement, which closes with a lengthy violin line supported by the clarinet.

In the finale, “Antiphonal Toccata”, brass and wind instruments are placed around the auditorium. Corigliano quotes the Sonata Pian e Forte of Giovanni Gabrieli, the sixteenth-century master of antiphonal instrumental choirs. This motif mutates into a 12-note chord that informs much of what occurs later. When the offstage instruments enter, they deliberately play music that is rhythmically unsynchronized with the onstage instruments.

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