Perhaps you have heard the phrase "pearly technique". What about using that word to describe clarinet tone? Pearly Tone. How would that sound?
Pearly implies roundness, shimmer and depth of tone. It also implies a tone which stays consistent from note to note through all registers, all volumes.
Which clarinetist would you say has roundness, shimmer and depth altogether in their sound?
Here's my choice. Below is a clip of one of the best tones in the clarinet world, in my opinions. I won't list a name or the piece to keep the conversation on the tone itself. (Some of you may know this recording. If not, I'll post it next week. Or you can contact me.)
The tone has a glow, gentle and warm, but not at all dull.
In legato, each note is strung onto the next with matching shape and color. Soft dynamics match loud in shimmer and softness. Louder volumes float and roll, never harsh or edgy.
The entire range of the instrument promises and delivers a matching velvetiness.
Beyond the coloristic qualities of this tone, it's shape and size match the strings and piano perfectly, demonstrating the ability to blend as well as shine when necessary.
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