• Repertoire Recommendations: Autumn-Inspired ūüćā

    Happy autumn to all my northern hemisphere friends! You all know this is my favorite season, and if you’re looking for new repertoire recommendations (#reprecs) I’ve got you covered! Here are my favorite autumn-themed clarinet pieces: Thea Musgrave – Autumn Sonata – Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra Itaru Sakai – Journey of Leaf for clarinet octet Itamar Danziger – Autumn for clarinet and piano (from The Seasons’ Suite) Ayser Vancin – Autumn Song for clarinet and piano Bernice Petkere – Lullaby Of The Leaves for solo clarinet Percy Hall – Falling Leaves for clarinet trio Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Autumn Song, arranged by TŇćru¬†Takemitsu Joseph Pappas Pappas – Autumn…

  • Tips to create a well-rounded recital program

    Call me nerdy (I think that ship has long sailed, seeing as I run a clarinet blog!), but I genuinely enjoy planning recital programs. I love coming up with themes, brainstorming repertoire, and thinking of ways to increase audience and community engagement for my performances. Here are a few tips to help you create a well-rounded recital program for your next concert: Begin with a good warm-up piece. Save all the pyrotechnics for later in the program – your first piece is a great opportunity to ease into your program, so select a piece that’s not too technically demanding so you can begin with confidence. Choose diverse repertoire. Make sure…

  • Friday Favorites: Clarinet √Čtude Books

    Happy Friday! The clarinet is lucky to have such an abundance of wonderful music, including countless √©tude¬†books. Many of these √©tudes are so great that they’re even performed as concert pieces and in recitals! Here are a few of my favorite clarinet √©tude¬†books (listed in no particular order): Cyrille Rose¬†32 √Čtudes B√©la Kov√°cs¬†Hommages Ernesto Cavallini 30 Caprices Johann M√ľller¬†22 Clarinet √Čtudes Paul JeanJean¬†18 √Čtudes for the Clarinet Victor Polatschek¬†12 √Čtudes for Clarinet Eug√®ne Bozza¬†11 √Čtudes Sur Des Modes Karnatiques¬† Eug√®ne Bozza14 √Čtudes de Mecanisme Marco Bordogni¬†Melodious √Čtudes for Clarinet Jacques Lancelot¬†25 √Čtudes Faciles et Progressives Aurelio Magnani¬†10 √Čtudes-Caprices de Grande Difficult What are your favorite clarinet √©tudes? Leave a comment…

  • Friday Favorites: Clarinet Method Books

    Happy Friday! You can’t beat method books. These all-in-one resources usually contain most everything you need, from technical exercises, lyrical studies, and other fundamental resources. There are a plethora of clarinet methods out there, and here are a few of my favorite. (Note that some of these might currently be out of print.) Hyacinthe Klos√© Celebrated Method for the Clarinet Leon Russianoff Clarinet Method Rubank Method for Clarinet (I use this with many of my students!) Henry Lazarus Method for Clarinet Carl Baermann Complete Method for Clarinet Gustave Langenus Complete Method for the Clarinet Alamiro Giampieri Progressive Method for Clarinet Benny Goodman Clarinet Method David Hite Melodious and Progressive Studies for Clarinet Frederick Thurston The Clarinet: A Comprehensive Method What method…

  • Friday Favorites: Auxiliary Clarinet Studies

    Happy Friday! We are #blessed to have so many wonderful members of the clarinet family. If you play an auxiliary clarinet (or are thinking of picking one up), here are some of my favorite studies and resources to help you: Julius Weissenborn Advanced Studies for Alto and Bass Clarinets Michael Drapkin Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet Alamiro Giampieri Difficult Passages and Solos for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Jacques Merrer Orchestral Excerpts for Sopranino/Piccolo E-Flat Clarinet and D Clarinet Practical Hints on Playing the Alto Clarinet (Alfred Publishing) Peter Hadcock Orchestral Studies for the Eb Clarinet Sauro Berti 20 Studies for Bass Clarinet and Basset Horn Happy practicing!