Clarinet Talk- Video: Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, Excerpts, Sitting in live with first clarinet

After 4 performances in two days, I'm cracked, nuts, that is. Here's the best Monday morning clarinet talk I can offer.

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, solos from clarinet part, David Itkin 1996 reduction, Columbus Symphony, Ohio, BalletMet Columbus production, Dec 2010.

Waltz of Flowers, Sugar Plum Fairy, tricky lick from ending coda, Overture, Arabian Dance (Le Cafe), transition from "bedtime" to midnight magic, (with water in A key) when mice take over. (girl screams), short clip of clarinet playing flute part in "Mirlitons" (David Itkin arrangement, 1996)

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7 comments for “Clarinet Talk- Video: Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, Excerpts, Sitting in live with first clarinet

  1. December 21, 2010 at

    I do believe that the barrel you are using is one that I made. That was the “other” aspect to which I alluded in my comment.
    The video is very instructive, almost like a Music Minus One type of experience. Useful for excerpts since you can still hear the rest of the orchestra, but it features the part you would want to learn in its context.

  2. December 21, 2010 at

    Yeah David. Very cool. THis is 1984 where there is no conductor and we are all monitered by stand webcams and stand embedded microphones. Very interesting perspective to say the least. K

    • December 21, 2010 at

      Tone is very fat also!! You are almost overblowing the mic. K

      • December 22, 2010 at

        Yeah, it’s a cheap phone video camera, but you get the idea.

  3. December 21, 2010 at

    It is Interesting how the harmonic line is heard from the clarinet’s position. It is also great that your area has the ballet with a LIVE orchestra. Pittsburgh has a recording….bummer. “Other” aspects of the video are interesting as well.

    • December 21, 2010 at

      Allan, we are lucky our Ballet and their audiences love us.

      Did you notice what barrel I’m playing?

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