Columbus Symphony Orchestra. David Thomas clarinet, Betsy Sturdevant bassoon. Live performance of Strauss Duett Concertinto for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp. Enjoy! Strauss: Duet-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings and Harp.
From the Columbus Dispatch, August 24th “Arts venue would have been welcome”. Letter written by Russ Gill, a long time member of the Columbus Symphony and a bassist. The original article, published August 14th in the Dispatch, heralded a grand…
Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance. This blows my mind. This research says that sight is MORE important than sound in how people judge musical performance. People picked winners by seeing ONLY how they looked when playing.…
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.)