by Eric Hoeprich. The clarinet
has a long and rich history as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musical
instrument. In this broad-ranging account Eric Hoeprich, a performer,
teacher, and expert on historical clarinets, explores its development,
repertoire, and performance history.
of the Sir
Nicholas Shackleton Collection. This
documents the achievement of the late
Sir Nicholas Shackleton (1937-2006) in assembling one of the world's
collections of musical instruments. Two copies left in stock.
alphabetical order by title. Books
"New!" in gold type are
new publications. Books marked "New!" in teal type are new to our stock.
|C046: The 32 Rose Studies: An
Analysis and Study Guide
by Henry Larsen. Larsen Audiographics, SB, 166 pages. The author
with Pasquale Cardillo, Rosario Mazzeo, Simeon Bellison, and Arthur
was the assistant principal clarinet of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
from 1950-78; and a teacher and conductor at the Hartt School from 1950
to 1988. Each of the 32 studies is accompanied by extensive comments
suggestions. The author includes other instructional material
of the studies including hand position studies and two articles on
reprinted from The Clarinet magazine.
Note: If you need a "regular" edition of the 32 Rose Etudes without the analysis and study suggestions you will find several editions listed here.
|C089: Advanced Clarinet Technique - A New Approach from Great Orchestral Literature by John Gibson. JB Linear Music, 2003, SB, 59 pages. This new book uses passages from Mozart, Borodin, Brahms and other great composers to build advanced technique. They are also more than orchestral excerpt studies because they include the full musical context of the selection. The complete Marriage of Figaro Overture by Mozart is included as a bonus. A great value.|
books are not currently available.
C760: Advanced Intonation Technique for Clarinets (A=440 edition) by John Gibson. JB Linear Music, 2006, SB, 62 pages + 2 CDs. A clarinet tuning method that is filled with intonation facts, techniques and playing exercises for Bb and A soprano, Eb soprano, and bass clarinets. It also includes a 70 minute CD using rich clarinet sounds for practicing intonation characteristics along with a 35 minute Bonus CD with ensembles and orchestrated excerpts with which to play along. Any intermediate to advanced player can benefit.
C760a: Advanced Intonation Technique for Clarinets (A=442 edition).
|C001: The Altissimo Register: A Partial Approach by Paul Drushler. SHALL-u-mo Publications, SB, 30 pages (8 1/2 x 14 inches). The author's premise is that the best choices for specific fingerings for certain passages can usually be determined with a knowledge of partials. Diagrams and comments on altissimo fingerings using the fifth partial and above.|
|C058: The Art of Clarinet Playing by Keith Stein. Summy-Birchard, PB, 80 pages. A highly regarded introduction to the technical aspects of clarinet playing from a former instructor at Michigan State University. Subjects covered include mouthpiece and ligature, the reed, the clarinet, embouchure, relaxation, breathing and support, voicing, release and tonguing, hand and fingers, tone quality, intonation, high-register playing, phrasing and interpretation, etc. The book also list some suggested literature and concludes with several etudes.|
|C059: El Arte de Tocar el Clarinete by Keith Stein. Summy-Birchard, PB, 80 pages. Spanish language translation of the Art of Clarinet Playing.|
|C2385: Articulation Development for Clarinetists by
Larry Guy. Rivernote
Press, 2016, SB, 137 pages + CD. This is an extensive textbook by Larry Guy
covering all aspects of clarinet articulation. It includes Building the
Foundation: Air Stream and Embouchure, The Attack, The Short Staccato,
Benefits of Short Note Study, The Variety of Articulated Style,
Developing the Quality of Articulated Sound, The Norm and Variance from
It, Reed and Mouthpiece Considerations, Exercises to Develop
Articulation Stability and Endurance, Acquiring Speed with Accuracy,
Famous Articulated Passages and Suggestions to Air in the Mastery of
Them, Multiple Tonguing: Double and Triple Tonguing, and Harold Wright
Articulation Warmups. Includes demonstration CD. Click on the cover
image to view the complete Table of Contents.
|C156: The Baroque Clarinet by Albert R. Rice. Oxford University Press, 1992, PB, 197 pages. The Baroque Clarinet is a sourcebook for the historical study of the clarinet during the first half of the eighteenth century. The book is based on a comprehensive study of the theoretical, musical, and iconographical evidence, and many conclusions are presented here for the first time. The long awaited paperback edition of this book.|
|C1756: The Bass Clarinet, A Personal History by Harry Sparnaay. Periferia Music, 2011, PB, 258 pages + CD. This is the second edition altough I don't see any obvious differences. Harry Sparnaay (1944-) is a well-known Dutch bass clarinetist. This book is both personal and comprehensive covering a wide range of the author's personal experiences and technical aspects of bass clarinet playing. There are many examples and resources for the player to draw on including multiphonic and microtonal fingerings and long list of recent repertoire. The CD has more than 100 audio examples of multiphonics and other special effects. Because of the weight of this book, Media Mail shipping charges will be based on the actual cost of postage. Click on the cover image to view a .pdf file of the book's Table of Contents and another 16 sample pages. This book is not currently available from us. There is now a downloadable edition of this book available here (not from us).||
|C002: The Basset-Horn & its Music by John P. Newhill. Rosewood Publications, Third Edition of 2003, SB, 127 pages. A very interesting book on an instrument that because of the work of the author and others with similar interests is no longer as neglected as it once was. Chapters include What is a Basset-Horn?, The Name, The Rise & Fall of the Basset-Horn, The Modern Basset-Horn, The Repertoire (Solo Works with Orchestra, Chamber Works, Orchestral Works, List of Recordings, List of Publishers, Addresses for Manuscript Works, Index of Composers), and a bibliography. While there are some editorial changes and addition of repertoire, the primary changes are an improved layout and typeface and a more usable binding|
|C679: A Book for the Clarinet
by Ronald V. Vazquez. 1993, PB, 90. pages. Subtitled: An Illustrated
Single Reed-Making Manual. This book shows you how to make your own
reeds, where to get supplies, and--best of all--how to make reeds in
less than half the time it would take you to make them entirely by
hand. In addition, once you know how to make your own reeds, you will
be able to adjust commercial reeds. This book
||C004: Brahms: The Clarinet Quintet (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, PB, 124 pages. A very interesting book which examines the technical aspects of the quintet and places it in the context of the times. Chapters include: The nineteenth-century clarinet and its music, Brahms and the orchestral clarinet, Brahm's chamber music before 1891, The genesis and reception of the Clarinet Quintet, Design and structure, Performance practice, The legacy of Brahm's clarinet music.|
|C005: Brahms: The Clarinet Quintet (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, HB, 124 pages. (List price is now $65.00.)|
|C006: The Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet edited by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, 1995, PB, 240 pages. Highly recommended. Main sections include single reeds before 1750 (Colin Lawson), the development of the clarinet (Nicholas Shackleton), the clarinet family (five chapters), the development of the clarinet repertoire (Jo Rees-Davies), players and composers (Pamela Weston), the mechanics of playing the clarinet (Antony Pay), teaching the clarinet (Paul Harris), playing historical clarinets (Colin Lawson), the professional clarinetist (Nicholas Cox), the contemporary clarinet (Roger Heaton), the clarinet in jazz (John Robert Brown), the clarinet on record (Michael Bryant), plus a useful list of tutors and studies and a bibliography. Should be in every clarinetist's library.|
||C062: Campione on Clarinet by Carmine Campione. John Ten-Ten Publishing, Fairfield, OH, SB, 129 pages. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 37 years, and an adjunct professor of clarinet at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, the author has put in writing proven methods, solid concepts, and a successful system of clarinet playing and instruction. Subjects include embouchure, breathing and support, tonguing, finger and hand position, equipment, intonation, reeds, and more. The author explains putting the concepts taught to work in an extended chapter on the Rose 40 Studies.|
||C1773: Care and
Feeding of Your
Clarinet, A User's Guide to Basic Maintenance by
Karlsson. H. Karlsson Woodwinds, 2008, SB, 96 pages. This is not a
repair book, but it does provide guidance and instruction for the kinds
of basic troubleshooting and preventative maintenance that the
clarinetist can perform. Learn about such topics as the consequences of
neglect on the mouthpiece and body of the clarinet, how to maintain the
clarinet mechanism and keep repair costs to a minimum, how to take care
of the wood of the clarinet, and the basics of reed and mouthpiece
||C920: Catalogue of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection by Heike Fricke et al; photography by Raymond Parks. Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, 2007, HB, 809 pages, 1024 color illustrations. This catalog documents the achievement of the late Sir Nicholas Shackleton (1937-2006) in assembling one of the world's finest collections of musical instruments. The clarinets (which constitute the main emphasis of the collection) span a 250-year period and range from contrabasses up to the smallest regularly-used clarinets (in high A). All the major instrument-making regions of the world are represented. You can read more details about this book here. NOTE: This book is very heavy (more than 7 pounds). At this time all US orders must be shipped by Priority Mail for $13.95 (plus insurance if you wish).|
|G131: Circular Breathing: a Method by Robert S. Spring. Windplayer Publications, 2006, SS, 31 pages. This book presents two alternative introductory methods of circular breathing. It also features exercises and advice from seven contributing experts for flute (Robert Dick), clarinet (Robert Spring), saxophone (Donald Lefevre), bassoon (Jeffrey Lyman), oboe (Martin Schuring), trumpet (Josef Burgstaller), and low brass (Samuel Pilafian), including recommended repertoire for each. Note: We are out of this book. The publisher's website which we used for ordering is still there but not functioning.||
by Jack Brymer. Kahn &
PB, 259 pages. The book which was originally published in the late
is now available again in the US. Chapters include: The Clarinet Today,
History and Development, Acoustic Characteristics, The Practical
The Artistic Approach, and Teaching the Clarinet. The book also
a number of photos and other illustrations.
|C1048: The Clarinet by Eric Hoeprich. Yale University Press, 2008, HB, 415 pages. Eric Hoeprich, a performer, teacher, and expert on historical clarinets, explores its development, repertoire, and performance history. Looking at the antecedents of the clarinet, as well as such related instruments as the chalumeau, basset horn, and bass clarinet, Hoeprich explains the use and development of the instrument in the Baroque age. The period from the late 1700s to Beethoven's early years is shown to have fostered ever wider distribution and use of the instrument, and a repertoire of increasing richness. The first half of the nineteenth century, a golden age for the clarinet, brought innovation in construction and great virtuosity in performance, while the following century and a half produced a surge in new works from many composers. The author also devotes a chapter to the role of the clarinet in bands, folk music, and jazz. At the end for the book are lists of instrument makers and clarinet methods published before 1900, extensive notes, and an excellent index.|
|C011: Clarinet and Clarinet Playing by David Pino. Dover Publications, PB, 320 pages. The author, Professor of Clarinet at Texas State University, studied with Keith Stein at Michigan State University, starting at the age of eight, for fifteen years. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Theory and Composition, then earned a Master's degree in Woodwind Performance, and later, a Doctorate in Clarinet Performance. The book covers the technical aspects of clarinet playing, musicianship, teaching the clarinet, and reeds. It also includes significant chapters on clarinet history and literature.|
|C1036: The Clarinet in the Classical Period by Albert R. Rice. Oxford University Press, 2003/2008, PB, 316 pages. The author of The Baroque Clarinet (see above) presents a comprehensive study of the clarinet through the classical period, from 1760 to 1830. During the early part of this period the clarinet was transformed from a typically baroque instrument to an essential piece of the classical ensemble. Barely a half century later, in 1812, Ivan Müller developed the thirteen-keyed clarinet, which brought the instrument into the romantic age. In addition to the history, this book includes chapters on playing techniques, music for the classical clarinet, the clarinet in performing groups as well as extensive notes, a detailed bibliography, and an index of classical clarinet makers. Note: Al Rice has informed me that this paperback edition includes some corrections.|
|C012: The Clarinet Concerto in
Norman M. Heim.
Van Cott Information Services, 2007, SB, 77 pages. This most recent of
surveys of the clarinet literature was originally published in 1997.
Each concerto is described in a
outline format. Chapters include:
Early Period, Classic Period - Mozartian Era, The Romantic Period, and
Contemporary Period. The publisher of each concerto is identified and
is an index by composer. This edition has been
completely reset in an easy to read typeface and we have added
information on many of the composers.
|C052: The Clarinet Doctor by Howard Klug. Woodwindiana, Inc., SB, 117 pages. The author, Professor of Music at Indiana University, is particularly well know as a teacher of clarinet instruction techniques. This book is in two parts Part 1 (Klug's Clarinet Calisthenics) includes the Indiana University Clarinet Curriculum as well as many exercises. Part 2, (The Clarinet Doctor) covers many subjects including Embouchure, Breathing, Body Posture, Tongue and Throat, Reeds, Squeaks, Bass Clarinet, Auditions, etc. Click on the book to see the full table of contents.|
|C014: Clarinet Fingerings
(also known as 303
Fingerings and 276 Trills) by Alan Sim. Queen's Temple
Publications, 1991, SB, 56
pages. Covers the range of the clarinet up to triple high G.
include notations of the drawbacks of certain fingerings. Includes both
half tone and whole tone trills. Handy pocket size. Click
on the book to see a sample page.
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|C015: Clarinet Fingerings by Thomas Ridenour. SB, 51 pages. The sixth printing of this popular book. The focus is on fingerings for the altissimo notes with up to 24 alternate fingerings for each note. However, the strength of this book is that it is not just diagrams of fingerings but includes the advantages and shortcomings of each choice and suggests repertoire for which they are appropriate.|
|C1307: Clarinet Fundamentals 1: Sound and Articulation by Reiner Wehle. Schott, 2008, PB, 128 pages. This book is part of a new series by Reiner Wehle, professor at the Music Academy of Lübeck, member of Trio di Clarone, and husband of Sabine Meyer. Includes sections devoted to practicing, breathing and posture, legato exercises, sound exercises, articulation, clarinet reeds and recommended reading. This book is in English and German and covers both the Boehm and Oehler system instruments.|
Systematic Fingering Course by Reiner Wehle.
PB, 136 pages. The second book in this series by Reiner Wehle. It does
not include a fingering chart but is a comprehensive course made up of
short exercises and examples from the literature emphasizing various
notes and fingering combination. It includes examples from the Mozart
clarinet concerto for basset clarinet. In English and German and
covering all fingering problems in great detail for the Boehm and
Intonation by Reiner Wehle. Schott, 2008,
PB, 112 pages. This book explains both the theory and practice of
intonation (in English and German) and has many intonation exercises in
duet form with a few as trios. This is followed by 29 pages of examples
from the orchestral repertoire of (mostly) two clarinets playing in
harmony, octaves, and unison.
|C061: The Clarinetist's Guide to
SB, 75 pages. This is a how to book for Clarinetists who want to learn
how to perform "traditional" Klezmer. It includes 16 transcriptions of
the recordings of Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein. Contents include:
What is Traditional Klezmer?, Types of Klezmer Music, Klezmer
I Just Pulled the Clarinet Out of the Closet After 25 Years and Want to
Play, How Can I Learn To Play Klezmer Music?, Using This Book and
Examples, Thoughts on Putting Together a Band, Resources, etc.
|C013: Clarinet Literature in Outline by Norman M. Heim. Van Cott Information Services, Inc., 2006, SB, 63 pages. We are pleased to present a completely reset edition of this invaluable guide to clarinet literature. It covers more than 200 works from all periods in a detailed outline format and briefly describes an additional 170 contemporary works. Originally published in 1984, 2006 marks our second printing of this book. It includes the dates of death for composers who have died since the original and our previous edition and a further updated bibliography of clarinet books.|
|C016: Clarinet Master Class by Allen Sigel. SHALL-u-mo Publications, SB, 78 pages. The clarinet teacher and former principal of the Buffalo Philharmonic has created master lessons and etudes based on six solo works by Mozart (Concerto K. 622) , Weber (Concertino and Concerto No. 2), Spohr Concertos No. 1 and No. 2), and Brahms (Sonata in F Minor Op. 120, No. 1). Lessons include such topics as stylistic features, ensemble problems, musical and technical problems, dynamics, etc. The author provides recommended fingerings throughout the text.|
|C018: The Clarinet Sonata
by Norman M. Heim.
Van Cott Information Services, Inc., 2005, SB, 79 pages. A new edition
of this book originally published in 1995. The clarinet sonatas of
nearly 250 composers
are described in a detailed outline format. This edition has been
completely reset in an easy to read typeface and includes quite a bit
of additional information on
20th century composers.
|C133: A Clarinetist's Notebook Vol. I: Care and Repair by Robert Schmidt. 1978, SB, 152 pages. A detailed guide to clarinet repair with 250 photographs and 140 drawings. At bit dated in spots (scraps of asbestos being used to align keys for soldering) but has more detailed information than any other available book.|
|C134: A Clarinetist's Notebook Vol. II: The Value of Fundamentals by Robert Schmidt. 1971, SB, 204 pages. This book contains a variety of resources originally used with university students including basic techniques, clarinet literature and book listings, the 24 Albert scales, and symmetrical scale and chord patterns. Most of the technique information has two pages on one page resulting in some small print.|
|C135: A Clarinetist's Notebook Vol. III: Concepts of Rhythm by Robert Schmidt. 1977, SB, 154 pages. This book has been designed as self instruction course on tempo and rhythm.|
|C136: A Clarinetist's Notebook Vol. IV: Toward a More Perfect Tone by Robert Schmidt. 1984, SB, 154 pages. This book covers the subjects of tone, intonation, articulation, the altissimo, relaxation, phrasing, practicing, some interesting articles written by Daniel Bonade in the 1950s and more.|
|C077: Clarinet On Campus by Michael Dean. LMB Resources, 1997, SB, 161 pages. This book is based on the author's Ph.D. dissertation at Texas Tech University on the subject of clarinet teaching at colleges and universities in the United States. It reports results in the areas of the Institution (degrees, recruitment, ensembles), Students (numbers, lessons, juries, recitals), and the Clarinet Teacher (teaching loads, other instruments taught, and demographic data). The text includes many graphs and charts.|
|C230: The Clarinet Revealed
by Ernest Ferron translated from the French by Jacqueline Rose.
Music Diffusion, 1996, PB, 109 pages. Ernest Ferron has drawn from his
experience as a master instrument maker and from his contact with
instrumentalists to produce a synthesis of his knowledge. The first 60
pages covers how a clarinet works with details on the bore, barrel,
mouthpiece, reeds, and tuning. The rest of the book is on the tools and
techniques of clarinet repair.
|C017: Clarinet and Saxophone Reed
Platamone Jr. SS, 15 pages. The author studied with Robert Marcellus
Anthony Gigliotti and played in the West Point Band with Larry Combs in
the early 1960s. He was the Principal Clarinet of the New Orleans
and is now retired in Arizona. Don't let the slim size of this book
you. It is a straightforward, well illustrated guide to finding and
clarinet and saxophone reeds.
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|C203: Clarinet Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist Revised Edition by Michèle Gingras. Scarecrow Press, 2006, PB, 144 pages (plus CD). Written for advanced clarinetists aspiring to master their instrument and attain a higher level of artistry, it includes concepts that have been repeatedly and successfully used with students over a period of 20 years of teaching. Each strategy is explained on two facing pages with accompanying graphics, photos, and musical examples. The advanced clarinetist who is eager to improve quickly often hits a wall on challenging techniques such as rapid tonguing and the precise control of intonation. These difficult techniques and concepts are discussed right away to assuage the anxiety students usually feel when first presented with these issues. Techniques covered include: fingering, memorization, practice strategies, tonal control, musicianship, using the right equipment, non-traditional repertoire, and career planning exercises. The CD provides demonstrations of many of the techniques described in the book. The revised edition has improved photos and graphics, completely new information on clarinet with electronics, and some new text. Michèle talks about her book on YouTube.|
|C1718: More Clarinet Secrets: 100 Quick Tips for the Advanced Clarinetist by Michèle Gingras. Scarecrow Press, 2011, PB, 203 pages. Michele Gingras is back in print with her new book. It is a treasure trove of new information on how to turn clarinetists into informed musicians, offering them the tools they need to compete in the music world. Topics discussed include technique, tone and intonation, musicianship, reeds and equipment, repertoire, musicians' health, and the music profession. In addition, Gingras supplies extra tips on such matters as college auditions, website design, and self-marketing. The pedagogical ideas gathered in this book are the result of Gingras' more than 25 years of hands-on experience spent in the clarinet studio working with students. Advanced high school clarinetists, college-level clarinetists, and seasoned professionals will all find More Clarinet Secrets a valuable read.|
|C019: Clarinet Vibrato by Paul Drushler. SHALL-u-mo Publications, SS, 28 pages. A research article on vibrato terminology, utilization, and aesthetics. Includes bibliography.|
|C020: Clarinet Virtuosi of the Past by Pamela Weston. Emerson Edition, U.K. 1971, reprint of 2002. PB, 292 pages. Pamela Weston's famous book on legendary clarinetists of the past including Stadler, Crusell, Baermann, Mühlfeld, Klosé and many more. It includes a bibliography and detailed index. Interesting reading and a valuable reference.|
|C021: More Clarinet Virtuosi of the Past by Pamela Weston. Emerson Edition, U.K. 1977, reprint of 2002. PB, 392 pages. (OK we cheated on our alphabetical order because we didn't want you to miss this book.) While the first clarinet virtuosi book concentrated on detailed accounts of the elite of the clarinet world, the author casts a wider net here with biographical information on many many more clarinetists. The format is inclusive covering Abel to Zwicker with citations running from two lines to several pages. It includes list of players by city, compositions with dates of performance and clarinetist, bibliography and index. A very useful source for program notes on works composed by clarinetists. This book belongs in every clarinetist's library.|
|C067: Yesterday's Clarinettists: a sequel by Pamela Weston. Emerson Edition, 2002. PB, 314 pages. This book is a sequel to More Clarinet Virtuosi of the Past and follows the same format of entries of a single paragraph to several pages. There are about a thousand, of which about 600 are new, and the rest contain additional or corrected information. Many clarinetists of recent memory are included such as Daniel Bonade, Yona Ettlinger, Rudolf Jettel, Reginald Kell, Gustave Langenus, Robert Marcellus, Robert McGinnis, and Aage Oxenvad. Also included are a list of orchestras and their clarinetists (not especially up to date) and compositions with their first performance.|
Development of the
Altissimo Register for Clarinet
Norman M. Heim. Kendor Music, 1976, SS, 28 pages. This book is intended
for use with students to improve their ability to play in the altissimo
register. It includes exercises for smaller and larger intervals and
ten etudes for practice. Some fingerings are provided.
|C919: The Complete Daniel Bonade compiled and edited by Larry Guy. Rivernote Press, 2007, SB, 142 pages. This combines three Bonade educational books that have not been available for several years. They are the Clarinetist's Compendium, Sixteen Phrasing Studies for Clarinet, and the Bonade Orchestral Studies for Clarinet. The editor has corrected typographical errors and notes, rhythms, dynamics, and slur markings in the Orchestral Studies.|
|C338: The Daniel Bonade Workbook by Larry Guy. Rivernote Press, 2004, Third Edition 2007, SB, 110 pages. Daniel Bonade was arguably the greatest American clarinet teacher and certainly one of the greatest orchestral clarinetists of the 20th century. This workbook will reacquaint clarinetists with Bonade's fundamental playing concepts. It covers the tonal ideal, the study of legato, phrasing, articulation, coordination and control, conquering technical passages, Bonade's comments on orchestra excerpts, equipment (reeds and ligatures), Bonade's aesthetics, and studies based on Klose and Charpentier compiled by Bonade and Lefebve. The CD, The Legacy of Daniel Bonade is suggested for used with this book.|
|C025: The Early Clarinet - A Practical Guide by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, 2000, PB, 128 pages. This practical guide is intended for all clarinetists with a desire to investigate music of earlier periods. It contains help on both the acquisition and the playing of historical clarinets with much advice on style, approach, and technique which combine to make up a well grounded interpretation. "Early" in the context of this book is not limited to the Baroque clarinet, but extends through the nineteenth century to include the music of Brahms.|
|C023: The Educator's Guide to the Clarinet - Second Edition by Thomas Ridenour. PB, 232 pages. The second edition of Tom Ridenour's best selling book has been expanded and improved. This book intended for anyone and everyone who is faced with the task of teaching or learning the clarinet. Part I: Clarinet Pedagogy consists of Teaching the Clarinet Tone Concept, The Air: Breathing and Blowing Correctly, The Tongue: Voicing the Clarinet Tone, How to Teach the Clarinet Embouchure, Summary Outline of Tone Production Techniques, How to Teach Articulation, and Technique: Fingering Fundamentals. Part II: Clarinet Equipment includes: How to Test and Select Clarinets, All About Clarinet Mouthpieces, Fundamentals of Reed Balancing, Clarinet Repair and Maintenance, and Accessories for the Clarinet.|
|C899: The Effortless Clarinet
Richard Nunemaker. Richard Nunemaker, 2006, SS, 27 pages. This booklet
by Richard Nunemaker, clarinetist, bass clarinetists, and saxophonist
with the Houston Symphony since 1967, represents a distillation of the
principles he has learned in his 40+ years as a professional. It
covers: How to Hold the Clarinet, Breathing, Embouchure, Long Tones,
Overtone Exercises, Mouthpiece Excises, Scales and Chords, Reeds,
Tonguing/Staccato, Intonation, Sight-Reading, How to Practice, and
Preparing for a Lesson, Audition or Performance.
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|C047: Embouchure Building for
Larry Guy. Rivernote Press, 10th Edition, 2011, SB, 102 pages. This
originally designed for teachers and intermediate-level clarinetists.
In the most
recent editions the author has added information of a more
nature. Chapters include The Function of the Embouchure, the External
Embouchure, Building the Muscles of the Lips, Building the Air Support
An Introduction to Vowel Concepts, for Tonal Purity, A Vowel Concept
the Lips, The Internal Embouchure--Tongue Position Development, How
Good Embouchure Affects Articulation, Developing the Upper Lip, and
Concepts Set Forth in this Handbook. Includes many diagrams, photos,
and musical exercises.
|C1734: Essential Clarinet Technique by John Davies and Paul Harris. Faber Music, 1985, SB, 81 pages. While the introduction states that this book is for players at every level, I believe it will be most valuable for those in high school and the first year of college. The main subjects covered are tone, intonation, articulation and finger technique. Many musical examples are given. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return.|
|C1079: The Everyday Virtuoso
Chesebro and Tod Kerstetter.
Woodwindiana, 2008, SB, 118 pages. Subtitled: A Structured Approach to
Developing Technique for Collegiate and Advanced High School
Clarinetists. Tod Kerstetter (clarinet professor at Kansas State
University) has written this book with his former clarinet professor
from Furman University, Dr. Robert Chesebro. It describes
the proven practice methods that Dr. Chesebro has used for years to
develop incredible clarinetists in the state of South Carolina.
Basically, Dr. Chesebro believes that all
clarinetists with a
good work ethic (and the willingness to spend some serious time with
the metronome!) can develop outstanding technique—regardless of their
social, economic, or musical background. Subjects include basic
practice concepts, establishing a daily routine of sales and arpeggios,
polishing techniques, managing practice sessions, developing
articulation, and more.
|G054: For the End of Time, The Story of the Messiaen Quartet by Rebecca Rischin. Cornell University Press, 2003 (2006), PB, 175 pages. NEW PAPERBACK EDITION. The author, clarinet professor at Ohio University, has written a comprehensive history of the composition and premiere of the Quartet for the End of Time (Quatour pour la fin du Temps) which took place in German camp for French prisoners of war in January, 1941. Based on extensive interviews and documentary research, it examines the events that lead to the composition, the experiences of the musicians in the camp, the composer's interpretive preferences, and the musicians' problems in execution and how they affected the premiere and subsequent performances. The paperback edition includes a new Appendix C with additional information.|
d'Amour to the Contra Bass by Albert R. Rice.
University Press, 2009, HB. 485 pages. Following his much acclaimed The
Baroque Clarinet and The Clarinet
Classical Period, Albert R. Rice now turns his
detailed attention to large clarinets - the clarinet d'amour, the
basset horn, the alto clarinet, bass and contra bass clarinets. Each
chapter is devoted to a specific instrument (or instruments) or its
music, and offers a fascinating insider's look at its defining
characteristics, a comprehensive history of its evolution, meticulously
researched information on its makers and aspects of construction, and a
thorough discussion of its music. Rice illustrates how the introduction
of large clarinets into chamber ensembles, wind bands, and opera
orchestras was the result of experiments meant to address specific
musical needs. Along the way, he brings to life the musicians,
virtuosi, soloists, and orchestral and band musicians, as well as the
instruments' makers and the composers from J. C. Bach to Smetana who
wrote for them. Based on careful study of primary sources - musical
compositions, patents, memoirs and diaries, and unfettered access to
historical instruments themselves. There are references throughout the
book to color illustrations that are available here
on the web.
|C844: Hand and Finger
Development for Clarinetists
by Larry Guy. Larry Guy, 2007,
SB, 96 pages. The purpose of this book is to help clarinetists improve
their finger speed and accuracy through the use of proper hand
position, efficient finger motions, and correct fingerings. The book
includes preliminary exercises, hand and finger fundamentals
theory and practice), additional technical concepts, fingering
guidelines, support of the air, the role of the embouchure, slow
legato, note pattern comprehension, and mastering fast passages. The
book has many illustrations and musical examples and exercises.
|C066: Handbook for Making and Adjusting Single Reeds-Revised Edition by Kalmen Opperman, M. Baron Company, Inc., SS, 44 pages. This book is back in print after an absence of mnay years. It is intended for those who wish to make reeds or work on commercial reeds for all clarinets and saxophones. Subjects covered are the handmade reed, the commercial reed, cane, the model reed, tools, making the shaped blank from tube cane, cutting the vamp, finishing the reed, adjusting and retouching handmade or commercial reeds and the life of the reed. Appendices include reed scraping suggestions, suggested measurements, the German B-flat clarinet reed, and sources for cane and reed making equipment.|
|C1238: Heroes & Heroines of Clarinettistry by Pamela Weston. Trafford Publishing, 2008, PB, 187 pages. This book contains a representative selection of articles written over a 40-year period by Pamela Weston. Fascinating information is revealed on best-known composer/clarinetist relationships such as Mozart with Anton Stadler, Weber with Heinrich Baermann, Spohr with Simon Hermstedt and Brahms with Richard Mühlfeld. Further subjects include the clarinetists of the French Revolution, Russia's clarinet dynasty, early 19th-century female performers, the great Finnish clarinetist Crussell whose diary tells of French Revolution events and a Napoleonic military parade, Verdi's clarinetist Cavallini who played for and was on familiar terms with the Tsar, the full stories of Stanford's concerto and Ireland's Fantasy-Sonata, and much more.|
|CD201: The History of the Clarinet in Words and Music by Colin Lawson. Clarinet Classics, 1994, 81 pages, 2 CDs. The History of the Clarinet is an extended booklet and two CDs of music, tracing the development of the clarinet from the Baroque period to its current prominent position in all forms of music. The first CD is contemporary performances (some on period instruments) tracing clarinet music from the chalumeaux to the present. The second CD is historical recordings from 1898 to about 1940. The 81 page booklet is now a .pdf file on the second CD. Click on the cover image to view the contents of the two CDs. Use your browser's Back button to return.|
|C029: Intonation Training for Clarinetists by Larry Guy. Rivernote Press, SB, 60 pages. Subjects include the general intonation problems of the clarinet and helpful fingerings, using a tuner, embouchure flexibility and the use of air, reeds and equipment. Also covered are pitch problems specific to the A, Eb and bass clarinet and some useful fingering for these instruments. The book includes many music examples, fingering diagrams, and other illustrations.|
|C076: A Life in the Golden Age of Jazz, A Biography of Buddy DeFranco by Fabrice Zammarchi and Sylvie Mas. Parkside Publications, 2002, HB, 383 pages. A large, lavishly illustrated book on the life of Buddy DeFranco. Born in 1923, Buddy has lived through almost the entire history of jazz. He began a career "on the road" at the age of only 16, playing in many of the big bands which became the hallmarks of the Swing Era: Gene Krupa, Charlie Bamet, Tommy Dorsey and Boyd Raebum. He participated in the origins of the Bebop Revolution in New York in the 1940s, playing with Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, Dizzy Gillespie and all the greats. He also was featured with the legendary Count Basie Septet in 1950 and then led his own big band in 1951. From 1952 to 1956, Buddy led his own Quartet and then he lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974. Subsequently he resumed his career as a soloist and leader of small ensembles and is still performing today. This book includes six transcribed solos, a complete discography and additional end notes. Because of the weight of this book, Media Mail (bookrate) shipping charges will be based on the actual cost of postage.|
|C129: A Life in the Golden Age of Jazz, A Biography of Buddy DeFranco Collector's Edition by Fabrice Zammarchi and Sylvie Mas. Parkside Publications, 2002, HB, 383 pages. The Collector's Edition is personally autographed by Buddy and the authors and is luxuriously bound in bonded leather and comes in a slipcase. Only 1,000 copies of the Collector's Edition have been printed. Copies are individually numbered. Because of the weight of this book, Media Mail (bookrate) shipping charges will be based on the actual cost of postage.|
|C413: Making and Adjusting
Clarinet Reeds by
Glen H. Bowen.
2000, SS, 38 pages. Glenn H. Bowen is Professor Emeritus of Music at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This booklet is about making reeds
from blanks economically with a minimum of gadgetry. The chapters cover
equipment, reed making procedures, and adjustment. A short list of reed
making equipment suppliers is included. The author writes about this
book ". . . my procedure for making reeds is quite detailed.
uses common tools in logical combinations which will produce reeds
easily. In the section of the book dealing with adjustments, there are
no mysteries, no double-talk, . . . Straightforward and
(Except other items with free shipping.)
|C064: Making Clarinet Reeds by Hand by Walter Grabner. ClarinetXpress, 1999, SB, 28 pages. This book is a comprehensive guide to making reeds "from scratch." Subjects include: why learn to make clarinet reeds, reed cane, tube cane vs. blanks, blanks suitable for clarinet reed making, quality of the cane, tools required for reedmaking, response vs. resistance, curing your blanks, measuring the length of the vamp, scoring the blank, removing the bark , the cuts, a model reed, filing, sanding, clipping and adjusting. The book includes nine photos.|
|G053: Messiaen - Quatour pour la fin du Temps by Anthony Pople. Cambridge University Press, 1998, PB, 115 pages. This book is a comprehensive guide to the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen (1908-92). It covers the origin of the work in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1940-41 and has an in depth assessment of each of its eight movements.|
|C030: Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, PB, 111 pages. There are a number of special problems surrounding the Mozart clarinet concerto since the autograph has been lost and the unique instrument for which it was written has not survived. This text presents a wealth of background information, an analysis of the concerto, and as well as details of surviving relevant instruments.|
|C031: Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by Colin Lawson. Cambridge University Press, HB, 111 pages. (List price is now $65.00.)|
|C035: Multiphonics and Other Contemporary Clarinet Techniques by Gerald Farmer. SHALL-u-mo Publications, SB, 160 pages. A primary resouce for extended techniques. Includes performing multiphonics; fingering, trill and tremolo charts, and other techniques including harmonics, flutter tonguing, etc., plus an extensive bibliography.|
|C034: New Directions for Clarinet by Phillip Rehfeldt. Scarecrow Press, PB, 200 pages. This is the 1992 second edition reissued by a different publisher in 2003. The second edition was completely rewritten, corrected where necessary, and updated. This is one of the most important books available on extended clarient techniques. Rehfeldt has added the complete list of William O. Smith's clarinet compositions and recordings to his previous listing of Smith's early multiphonic fingerings. The new edition also includes an appendix containing Eric Mandat's quarter-tone fingerings; a second music bibliography, the "International Update"; and an updated bibliography of music literature.|
|C391: The New Extended Working Range
Carl Fischer, 2004, SS, 40 pages. While we are not quite sure what is
new about the contents of this book, it does feature the largest
clarinet fingering graphics we have ever seen. It covers the entire
range of the instrument up to the G above altissimo G. It also has
recommend chromatic scale fingerings. There are no remarks or
annotations on the fingerings.
|C038: Perfect A Reed . . . and Beyond by Ben Armato. Reed Wizard, SS, 43 pages. While the author has designed and sells several mechanical devices for measuring and working on reeds, this is a comprehensive book on reeds with only a brief mention of his products. A few of the many topics covered are: reed myths, arundo donax vicissitudes, reed adjustment, reed nomenclature, reed preparation, reed warpage, etc.|
|C1247: A Practical Approach to the Clarinet For Beginning Clarinetists and their Teachers by David Etheridge. Woodwind Educators Press, 2008, SS, 38 pages. This book for beginners includes lots of helpful diagrams, photos, and musical exercises. The topics covered include assembling the clarinet, getting a great tone from the beginning, fingerings for all notes from low E to C above the staff, articulation, notes for the little fingers, control of the register change, playing beautiful high notes and daily drills.|
|C1248: A Practical Approach to the Clarinet For Intermediate Clarinetists and their Teachers by David Etheridge. Woodwind Educators Press, 2008, SS, 48 pages. The intermediate book continues this series with more detailed looks at some subjects touched on in the beginning book. The topics covered include breathing and posture, breath control and support, embouchure, voicing the tone, articulation, left hand position and the register change, right hand position and alternate fingerings, and altissimo notes to high G. Many diagrams, photos and musical exercises are included.|
to the Clarinet For Advanced Clarinetists, Revised Edition by
David Etheridge. Woodwind Educators Press, 2009, SB, 148 pages. The
purpose of this advanced book is to provide a number of ways to
approach each of the fundamental aspects of clarinet playing and to
provide the tools to learn music of all levels of difficulty. The first
four skills: breathing & posture, breath control &
embouchure, and voicing create a beautiful clarinet tone. Other topics
covered are: articulation, hand position, subdivision, throat tones,
high notes, upward and
downward skips, legato finger motion, and rinforzando attacks. This
book adds and extensive array of etudes (mostly from Rose) for
practicing the techniques. A short
bibliography of suggested material is also included. This is
the revised edition of this book. It is 66
pages longer than the original version.
|C040: Preliminary Exercises & Etudes in Contemporary Techniques for Clarinet by Ronald L. Caravan. Ethos Publications, SS, 44 pages. Dr. Caravan has been a member of the faculty of Syracuse University School of Music since 1980 teaching applied clarinet and saxophone. His Eastman School of Music doctoral dissertation was Extensions of Technique for Clarinet and Saxophone (1974). This book provides a solid introduction to extended clarinet techniques for the advanced student and can be used as material for lessons or self study. This book covers the areas of Timbre Variation, Quarter Tones, and Multiphonics. Each section includes an explanation of the technique, examples, fingering charts (when appropriate), and etudes.|
|C1039: Protocol: A Guide to
Collegiate Audition Process for Clarinet
compiled and edited by Larry Clark and Daniel Schmidt with a Forward by
Robert S. Spring. Carl Fischer,
2007, SS, 45 pages (plus piano accompaniment 27 pages). The purpose of
this book is to provide high school students with or without a private
teacher with a comprehensive collection of materials that will satisfy
the needs of most college music auditions. It includes information on
how to take an audition, music placement exams, selecting a college,
and repertoire of the most often requested material. This includes
scales and arpeggios from Carl Baermann Op. 63, Orchestral Excerpts
(Beethoven Symphony No. 6 and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy A
Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61 Scherzo), Technical Etudes (No. 6 and
No. 11 from the Rose 32 Etudes) and two complete pieces with piano
(Weber Concertino Op. 26 and Debussy Premiere Rhapsody).
| C657: Repertory of the
Clarinet, A Listing of Works for
Study and Performance by Kalmen Opperman. Carl
2006, PB, 137 pages. This
is a reprint of the original 1960 hardbound edition.
It includes listings of music including or featuring clarinet in nearly
every conceivable combination. Listings include composer, title and
publisher and in some cases additional information such as
instrumentation, date, and (rarely) duration. While some of the music
listed is out of print, this is still a useful reference book.
|WW026: Saxophone Mouthpiece
Selection by Robert Scarff. Jamey Aebersold Jazz,
88 pages. This book contains information on mouthpiece parts and
guidelines in selecting a mouthpiece for the type of sound you need,
charts for commercial saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces, and chamber
of some representative brands of saxophone mouthpieces. This book also
includes guidance on reed adjustments, some maintenance tips, and some
musician jokes. While this book is primarily oriented toward the
clarinetists will also find useful information here.
|C204: Selected Clarinet Masterclasses from the editors of Windplayer. Windplayer Publications, 1998, SS, 31 pages. This book contains 15 brief masterclasses on wide variety of subjects such as reeds, breathing, articulation, and bass clarinet tone by well known clarinetists such as Don Byron, Howard Klug, J. Lawrie Bloom, Franklin Cohen and more. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return. Note: We are out of this book. The publisher's website which we used for ordering is still there but not functioning.|
|C041: Selection, Adjustment, and Care of Single Reeds by Larry Guy. Rico Editions by D'Addario, 2012 (third edition), SB, 64 pages. A practical and well illustrated guide to clarinet and saxophone reeds. This book presents detailed instructions for selecting, breaking in, and adjusting reeds in an easily understood manner. It also includes a guide to the selection, care and use of reed tools (knives, sharpening stones, sandpaper, files, etc.).|
by Lawrence Sobol. Sobol Bros Productions, 2010, SB, 79
pages. This book is something of a composite with fifteen pages of
advanced finger exercises (94 in all) based on passage for clarinet
from the 20th century composers Ingolf Dahl, David Diamond, Roy Harris,
Karel Husa, and Walter Piston. The rest of the book is composed of
biographies, personal reminiscences and musical examples from these
composers. It also includes a CD with a lecture from 1976 featuring
William Schuman and Roy Harris. It is printed on heavy paper with some
of the illustrations and photos in color.
|C373: The Single Reed
Adjustment Manual by
Ormand. Amilcare Publications, 2000, SB, 84 pages. A comprehensive
guide to the adjustment of single reeds. Includes the subjects of reed
design, reed tools, care of the reed knife, selecting the reed,
preparing the reed, balancing the reed, working on spots, clipping,
breaking-in, using and storing reeds, reed analysis, equipment
(mouthpiece, ligature, and clarinet), location (altitude, humidity, and
temperature), and hints when "Nothing Else Works."
|C2342: Spectral Immersions, A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practice of Bass Clarinet Multiphonics by Sarah Watts. Metropolis, 2015(?), PB, 248 pages + 2 CDs. Sarah has recently completed a PhD in bass clarinet multiphonics. She has created new multiphonics charts for the bass clarinet and commissioned new works for bass clarinet that use her results.The book contains history, analysis, new charts and new compositions together with audio and data CDs.|
|C2323: Squeak Big, Practical Fundamentals for
Successful Clarinetist by Phillip O. Paglialonga. Imagine
Music, 2015, PB, 109 pages. Squeak Big teaches aspiring clarinetists
the fundamentals necessary for success on the instrument through
conceptual development and practical exercises. The book is divided
into four sections: Pedagogy (embouchure, sound, relaxation,
homogeneous sound. altissimo, building technique, finger, legato,
articulation and reeds), Effective Practicing, Daily Elements (scales),
and Additional Resources. Click on the cover
image to view the full Table of Contents.
|C065: Swing, Swing, Swing - The Life & Times of Benny Goodman by Ross Firestone. Norton, PB, 522 pages. An extended biography of Benny Goodman, from his childhood in the Maxwell Street ghetto in Chicago through his long and successful career. A valuable account of the life of a key figure during the period when jazz was America's popular music but who was also a complicated and difficult man.|
|C1738: Dave Tarras, The King of Klezmer by Yale Strom. Or-Tav Music Publications, 2010, PB, 128 pages. A long overdue biography of a musical giant, klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras (1897-1989). Through comprehensive interviews, detailed historical perspective and a musician's insider knowledge, Yale Strom has woven a fascinating and informative portrait of one of the 20th Century's most important, influential, and charismatic klezmers. About half the pages of this book are 28 compositions by Tarras with parts in C and B-flat with chord symbols.|
|C074: Tipbook Clarinet by Hugo Pinksterboer. The Tipbook Company, 2001/2010, PB, 240 pages. A newer edition of this book in a larger format and with almost 100 additional pages. This is a "hardware" book about the instrument itself and is especially recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about or needs a reference on the physical aspects of the clarinet. This may include adult beginners, parents of clarinet students, teenage students, non-clarinetist music education majors or band directors, etc. The book is very well illustrated and includes chapters on buying a clarinet; mouthpieces, ligatures, and barrels; reeds, how clarinets are made, the brands of clarinets, steps to take before and after playing, maintenance, the family of clarinets and related woodwinds, etc. The new edition of this book includes a fingering chart. Interactive Tipcodes, audible examples of topics in the book, can be accessed at www.tipbook.com.|
|WW179: The Woodwind Player's Cookbook edited by Charles West. Meredith Music, 2008, PB, 178 pages. Subtitled Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance, this valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets all placed in one convenient source. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite “recipes” that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of ensembles and performers. Sample “recipes” include: Developing Facility on the Bass Clarinet (J. Lawrie Bloom), Breathing Demystified (Leone Buyse), Recipe for Preventing Play-Related Health Problems (William J. Dawson, M.D.), How Should I Test a Saxophone Mouthpiece? (Eugene Rousseau), and many more. Click on the cover image to view Table of Contents. Use your browser's Back button to return.|
|C043: The Working Clarinetist by Peter Hadcock edited by Bruce Ronkin, Aline Benoit and Marshall Burlingame. Roncorp Publications, 1999. SB, 212 pages. Subtitled Master Classes with Peter Hadcock. Hadcock, the late Assistant Principal and E-flat Clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, describes this book as an attempt to put on paper what he learned during his forty-three years of playing the clarinet. The book is divided into four parts. The first part which represents three quarters of the book is annotated orchestral excerpts many of which are part of the standard audition repertoire. Part 2 covers many technical aspects of clarinet playing such as embouchure, articulation, intonation etc. Part 3 are master classes on Mozart's and Nielsen's clarinet concertos. The final section has trill and tremolo fingerings. Click on the cover image to view the list of excerpts.|
DVD009: Working the Single Reed by David Bourque. BCL Enterprises, 2005, DVD. This DVD by David Bourque, a member of the Toronto Symphony for more than 20 years, is a "how to" video for adjusting commercial reeds. It will help you: fix unresponsive reeds, make more reeds play well, learn how to scrape a reed, learn where to scrape a reed. have more reed stability, no more waterlogged reeds, and adjust the Légère reed.
Bindings: HB: Hard Bound, PB: Perfect Bound (paperback with square spine), SS: Saddle Stitch (paper, folded and stapled), SB: Spiral Bound (plastic or metal)