4 comments on “Music – the clarinet

  1. Good day to you!

    Lovely new header photo. Isn’t it fun to be able to keep vacation “snapshots” such an integral part of life?

    Enjoyed this post very much. How I remember sitting in classes, sucking on reeds before a lesson or orchestra practice. We weren’t quite so fussy about them, but even in the beginning it was obvious there were good reeds and bad. I can remember leaning over the boxes arrayed on the counter of the music store, trying to decide which to take. The proprietor sometimes was in a good mood and would let us sort through and fill a box with the reeds we were willing to bet on.

    When I got a good one, it was pure pleasure!

  2. Yes shoreacres, it is nice to have reminders of holidays but I must try harder with the photography next time – and get a lot more pictures of the sea as well.
    I was interested to see that, in his book, David Pino encourages clarinetists to make their own reeds from blanks. Sounded like a good idea until it became apparent that blanks cost almost as much as finished reeds. So I think I will continue to buy “finished” reeds when the need arises but look upon them as blanks. Then if 7-8 out of every 10 need my modifications to make them work, at least I will not be disappointed, having expected nothing better.
    All I need now is a new pair of lungs! Perhaps it would help if I remembered to breathe IN from time to time!

  3. I didn’t catch all of the details on this and didn’t take the time to look it up, but I thought you’d get a kick out of it.

    I was listening to a National Public Radio bit this morning on “stolen music”. As it turns out, the clarinet glissando at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue was picked up by the composer from a practice session of some group – I believe a smaller jazz group. Just didn’t get it. But the point is fun – he heard it, and incorporated it.

    Maybe there really isn’t anything (much) new under the sun!

  4. But we won’t allow it to lower our opinion of the great George Gershwin, will we? Little snippets of information like this cast an interesting light on the daily lives of the masters -whether popular or classical composers, painters or whatever. Contrary to the popular beliefs of your average self-appointed art experts, most creative people are not actually seeking to express the meaning of life through their work, or searching for their souls but simply seeking practical solutions to the practical problems confronting them and they are probably hoping to find next week’s rent as well (if not last weeks in fact). In the case of brother Gershwin here, the practical solution was delivered courtesy of the practising band nearby – and having more talent than your average (note the cool British understatement), he saw the opportunity.

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