#MusicMonday #clarinet

#MusicMonday Lori Freedman and Sal Ferreras

Kevin and I have a number of pieces in the works including Stealth by Canadian Composer John Burke. This piece is for bass clarinet and marimba and was commissioned in 1991 by Sal Ferreras and Lori Freedman. I had heard about Lori Freedman but before now had not done any real research. I'm sorry I waited this long. Lori Freedman is a powerhouse in the new music scene, especially when it comes to big clarinets such as bass and contra bass clarinets.

Kevin knew about Sal Ferreras before now but I didn't. He is an educator, performer, blogger and public speaker. He has performed on many recordings including recordings with the CBC Radio Orchestra. 

Please check out their videos, websites and blogs to find out more you will not be disappointed!

#MusicMonday from Banff Centre

I first heard about this book from the Clarineat Podcast "In Memory of Harry Sparnaay" episode 74. The interview with him was delightful and I decided I wanted to get the book. I didn't receive it before heading over to Banff for our music residency but the wonderful library here has it! I am finding it so full of information and inspiration that I can't help but share it even if I'm not finished. 


There are many extended techniques described in this book including possible notations for them as well as examples which make this book useful for composers as well. Although not all the translations use language that I am used to it reads well and I find myself laughing out loud, which you wouldn't expect in a technique/history book.

I am so excited by this book and find myself working to incorporate the techniques into my practice routine!

Clarinet Focused #MusicMonday

So much of what we do as clarinetists depends on our embouchure. If you're looking for some help with yours might I recommend giving Embouchure Building for Clarinetists by Larry Guy a try? This book is one of a few helpful workbooks available through Rivernote Press or Luyben Music. This is full of exercises, illustrations and tips for embouchure and tone development (or review).

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