• All About the Clarinet d’Amore?

    Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate than by taking a look at this historical clarinet which has been making a recent comeback? Throughout the clarinet’s existence, the clarinet family tree has seen several additions in nearly every key, from the tiny A-flat clarinet to the mighty octo-contrabass clarinet. One peculiar member of the clarinet family is the clarinet d’amore (sometimes spelled clarinet d’amour) – literally the “love” clarinet. The clarinet d’amore was developed around the mid-18th century in Germany, and is most recognizable by its bulbous bell, which is similar to that of an English horn. (Fun fact: this bell is called Liebesfuss in German, which literally translates…

  • 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!