Every once in awhile I just have a bad air day! Today nothing seemed easy, even breathing. I could have been playing a hollowed out carrot for all the control I had over playing clarinet.
But I wanted to respond to a few suggestions made by readers. Some clarinetists, who commented on Facebook about the "Jenajean 2 Entire" video, wondered if the first part would be more effective played more freely, rhapsodically. I agreed. However, I explained that my original version followed Jeanjean's markings, didactic as it sounds. It brings up a longstanding question in classical music performance. How much interpretation is too much?
Also, today someone asked if I'd play Jeanjean 2 on my Buffet since I've been waxing eloquently about it's tone over the Selmer. I do so with the video clip below. I also including two sound clips, a short scale on each of the two instruments. To my pleasant surprise, their tones are not radically different. I'll see who can guess which is the Buffet.
Here's the video of the first part of JJ2 on my Buffet R-13, same Backun barrel, same Behn Vitage D mouthpiece and Legere Signature reed as I played on the Selmer. I recorded the whole thing, but the second part just wasn't up to being posted.
The gnarly grace notes at the beginning of the 5th line did not cooperate well on the Buffet. In fact, the Buffet, with it's beautiful tone, was harder to play on dicey technical passages than the Selmers. It didn't help that I was having a bad air day, either.