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Clarinet Music - Mozart part 1

Clarinet Music - Mozart part 1

I'm aiming to have an ongoing project of showcasing clarinet music.  The range will be mostly classical but also some jazz. I would also like to introduce Lenny Sayers who has been instructing me on Clarinet playing and performance and taken me to ABRSM Grade 8 and beyond in standard. [Just in case you are wondering, the picture shows my study, with digital piano (cover down) And on top of it side on, on stands, 2 of my clarinets, the ones in key of Bb and the taller one in A, the mouthpiece isn't on them when I took the photo. It's with a silver cap to the right of them. Some sheet music books, also a violin which I sometimes try to play (badly) for fun, and on the floor stand, under a cover, my viola to the right of the piano].

Check out Lenny's website

Also in the meantime, as you see the project develop, please also check out my blog posts From Mozart to Modern Music, Beethoven vs Mozart, Pop & Classical music fusion and Future of music education.

May 2011 update: This first project is about Mozart. Here is a clip of Lenny and I playing the 3rd movement from Mozart's duet in Bb, K296 [arranged for two clarinets (in Bb) from Sonata in C K296, from the published advanced duets for clarinet edited by H.Voxman]. If you listen to the second and third tracks listed, you can hear some errors. But the first clip (i loaded it onto YouTube) shows my attempted "correction" to a small section of my clumsy fingerwork which came through in the raw file (second music clip) by recording the two duet parts separately on lines 2 and 3 of the GarageBand file for this piece (so in effect for about 5 seconds Lenny is replaced by me, since he wasn't about when I was editing). I then deleted the mistake section, and then adjusted lines 2 and 3 below the deleted section of line 1, and then saved it all as one song. You might be able to spot it, let me know if you do.  I hope you enjoy listening to it

Visually you can see the section zoomed in, in the gallery picture at the end of this page.  The top line of audio waves is the original line. The two lines below with short clips each are my replacements (clarinet 1 and clarinet 2) for the deleted section (you can see the gap in the first line).

It wasn't perfect because I am still learning the conditions of playing to a recording microphone which is even more nerve wracking than playing to a live audience!.

So, here is that final edit along with a stills montage on YouTube


Now for the slightly less polished "raw" file which the edited clips are based on, which was played unrehearsed in my study room at home, using the GarageBand app on my iPad, so it's not perfect (also my first attempt at recording a full track) but I have included it and the one below to show the process of tidying up a digital recording and what you can do with a low cost app and an iPad. 

Then after the raw track (but before the final version, i.e. the 1st one I listed here) I was familiarising myself with the iPad GarageBand app editing functions.  Thus the third audioclip, uses the track above in which I edited out (basically put markers and deleted the "offending" section) the awkward delays caused by the numerous page turns - it's a big problem with music publishers, they don't always realise that we can't memorise every piece we play so 90% of playing is by sight reading in our case!  Some page turns sounds were left in the final version because they didn't take away from the performance and were in time with natural "rubato"* phrases in the score. 


So after the Mozart, I will be adding other clarinet music recordings as I create them (when I get time during evenings and weekends).  

June 2011 update: I am taking a brief detour from Mozart to record other music in the clarinet repertoire.  Please check out my other projects through my Hive space on this website.


  *Glossary: Rubato (for those non musicians amongst listeners) means literally "stolen" in Italian, in the musical context it means you take a bit of time on a particular short phrase in the musical line where it is right and for effect to do so. It's sometimes perceived as a momentary slowing down before the normal speed of the music picks up again.  It's usually at the discretion of the player how obvious the rubato is.



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Feb 23, 2011 : alexf Says:

Fantastic, really looking forward to this one.

Mar 03, 2011 : Angela Tait Says:

How lovely. There's never a dull moment in a house where music lives. Between us we have a trombone, a flugel horn, a trumpet (mine!!!), an electric guitar (also mine but ornamental mostly as it matches the decor and only has four strings) and a borrowed piano. I'm pretty sure your clarinet sounds infinitely better than any/all of the above. very best wishes and please keep us posted. Angela Tait

May 17, 2011 : alexf Says:

This is wonderful Max and I love the fact it was recorded and edited on the ipad. This has inspired me to get practising my flute. Creative Hive Band anyone? :)

May 21, 2011 : Mpilotti Says:

I've edited some of the paragraphs and corrected some minor errors in the text.

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