Month: April 2009

Backun Fever II

For the past few months I’ve been testing and acquiring barrels and bells from Backun Musical Services in Burnaby Canada. In this post, I discuss the pros and cons of Backun clarinet parts, and I also detail what to keep…

Jeanjean Etude 15

I recently performed three Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928) etudes from the book of 18 (actually 17 and a duet). Here is the video of 15. You can see the others on my YouTube channel. I played these on a new Selmer…

Galactic Transmissions

Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra, written in 2002, transmits a magical portrait of a large, modern orchestra in a rich variety of colors, textures, rhythms and harmonic density. It seems to hail from an exotic (but friendly) planet across the…

Bragging Rights

A few days ago I was thinking of writing a post on how difficult it is for a good orchestra to maintain its “chops” when performing “real” music only 8-10 weeks in a season. But I would have been wrong.…

Conductor Thierry Fischer in Columbus

Thierry Fischer, Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and also Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic, conducts Debussy”s Nocturnes, Frank’s D minor Symphony and Ravel this weekend with the Columbus Symphony. Stewart Goodyear plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto…

Backun Fever

A few years ago I attended the annual Clarinet Festival, a huge multi-national event for clarinetists, by clarinetists and attended by thousands of clarinetists. It springs up in a different city and country late each summer. That year it was…