For the past week, I’ve played these new Légère European Signature clarinet reeds in several different rehearsals and performances, including an opera, a solo recital and a chamber music recital. I can say, without hesitation, that they are by far…
Légere reeds have made playing the clarinet more enjoyable, and much less stressful.
I can now trust the reed to be there for difficult attacks, to be responsive for articulation, to be easily tuned with reed pressure, when needed.
A 12 minute, fast-tonguing clarinet lesson, introducing various techniques and tricks for playing the most difficult clarinet passages in: Hector Berlioz "Nuits D'Été: L'Ile Inconnue"; and Felix Mendelssohn Scherzo, from his Incidental Music to the Midsummer Night's Dream.
I demonstrate each passage using a combination of single and/or double-tonguing, with an occasional "hu" articulation. Using the "hu" articulation in certain spots is an unusual, but effective, way to help speed up and lighten single tonguing.
These orchestral excerpts are among the most difficult classical music to perform well, and the Scherzo is required on virtually every clarinet audition list.
Enjoy. (Below is a PDF of the difficult lick from Berlioz Nuit D'Été. I will post the Mendelssohn Scherzo excerpt in a few days.)
Stanley Hasty (1920 – 2011) Born February 21, 1920, Mr. Hasty pursued a long and distinguished career as a clarinetist and teacher. From 1943 until 1955 he served as principal clarinetist and soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony…