Here are two lovely samples of the opening of Johannes Brahms Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major Opus 120 for Clarinet and Piano, Allegro amabile.
As usual, I'll keep the players a mystery.
I think both of these players have gorgeous sounds, both ideal in many ways, though slightly different.
The first excerpt has a full resonant sound which seems to float from one note to the next. The second has a similar resonance, with perhaps a little less "fullness" and perhaps a little less fluidity between notes.
For those of you interested in the 6 mouthpieces I used in last week's Tone Talk, here they are:
- Unnamed French, wood (possibly Rosewood, possibly Chedeville)
- Chedeville Lelandais, hard rubber
- Zinner, grenadilla wood
- Old Buffet, hard rubber
- Hawkins B, hard rubber
- Unnamed French, wood (again,with softer reed)
Would you like to share practice ideas with other musicians? You could do so at the Practice Café.