10 Nightmares That Will Terrify Every Clarinetist

In honor of Halloween, here is a devilishly spooky list of things which will cause clarinetists around the world to seek cover under the nearest blanket and scream in terror. Read at your own risk, and don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  • Playing the “Scherzo” from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…at 100
  • Being asked to solo the Mozart Concerto…and only having your Bb clarinet
  • Perfecting an orchestral excerpt…before realizing it was written for C clarinet
  • Reading the required audition excerpts list…and seeing the name Ginastera
  • Dropping your mouthpiece…your original 1960s Kaspar
  • Having to perform Peter and the Wolf…transposed half a step higher
  • Being asked to solo with an orchestra…playing the Corigliano Concerto…tomorrow
  • Realizing a piano is tuned to A442…and only having your 66mm barrel
  • Performing the Weber Grand duo Concertant…and missing the infamous final page turn
  • Looking at the concert rotations…and being assigned to alto clarinet

Happy Halloween!

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