Category: Columbus Symphony

Video: Tips and Tricks for playing the Mendelssohn Scherzo 1st Clarinet Part

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.)

Berlioz clarinet articulation excerpt

Berlios Nuite D'Ete, L'Ile Inconnu

Video- Opening clarinet solo from Rhapsody in Blue


We had a great live concert tonight as part of our AEP Pops series. It was an all Gershwin program entitled “The Gershwins- Here to Stay”, with my excellent colleagues of the Columbus Symphony, Peter Stafford Wilson conducting, and staring…

Last solo clarinet line of Higdon Blue Cathedral


Warming up for tonight’s concert with the Columbus Symphony. The program includes Jeniffer Higdon’s ravishing tone poem, Blue Cathedral, followed by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Higdon piece ends with a lonely, soft clarinet solo, fading to nothing. But I…

The OSU Marching Band with the Columbus Symphony

The Ohio State University Marching Band, TBDBITL, with the Columbus Symphony, Saturday night, July 30, 2011, at Picnic with the Pops. As always an exciting evening! And so ends a summer, a season, and and era. On the last night…

Gifted conductor returns to Columbus music scene


I awoke to a pleasant surprise in my email box this morning, a Columbus Dispatch article announcing that Alessandro Siciliani, the long lost and neglected conductor who led the Columbus Symphony to great heights from 1992-2004, will return as music…