Thursday, 31 January 2008

Piano Accompaniment for Weber's Concerto Op. 73

I publish here the MP3 files of piano accompaniment for the first two movements of Weber's Concerto Op 73 in F-moll. It is recorded from my Electric Piano from a very high quality MIDI files with dynamic nuances, phrasing and pedal.

Download free MP3 files for piano accompaniment of Weber's Concerto No. 1 in f-moll

Enjoy it!

Sunday, 20 January 2008

"Duet for Solo Clarinet" by Steven Gerber

Steven Gerber's duet for solo clarinet is a very interesting piece. The idea of playing a duet on one clarinet (by alternating the 2 voices) is challenging. The piece uses standard clarinet technique (no multiphones).

Steven Gerber's web site with download link to PDF score and link to MP3 recording of his "Duet for Solo Clarinet".

On Steven Gerber's web site you can download the complete score as PDF and you can also follow a link to listen to a really excellent recording of the piece by Peter Furniss.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

A goldmine for clarinet sheet music

The website of Adriano Amore is a goldmine of clarinet sheet music. The site is in Italian and dedicated to the italian clarinet tradition of which Adriano is a recognized expert. However for those of you who cannot read italian, do not despair, on Adriano's website there is lots of sheet music to download and recordings to listen to.

The free section of his website provides free downloadable scores as a clarinet duet of Rossini, a sonata of Gherardeschi for clarinet trio, two scores for clarinet quartets of Giampieri and Monti, and a magnificient transcription of the ouverture of "La Traviata" of Verdi for clarinet ensemble. On this same page you will also find many more music scores for clarinet playing with other instruments.

One page is dedicated to pedagogical material ("didattica" in italian) with for instance lots of downloadable sheet music with orchestral passages.

One page is dedicated MIDI files ready to download and then under "Ascoltami" ("Listen to me") you can hear Adriano playing from his CD. Under spartiti (music scores) you can see some sample of few of the many historical scores that Adriano collected and that can be order in 2 DVDs for those of you interested and curious about the Italian clarinet tradition.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Clarinet ensembles publishing music online

Webpages of clarinet ensembles sharing their own recordings online:

STARK QUARTET - Quartetto di clarinetti italiano
(Nice performance of "Largo al factotum" of Rossini)

(listen to the arrangement of the Preludio from the opera La Traviata!)

Do you have or know a clarinet ensemble with an homepage where you can listen to clarinet music? Post a comment or send an email and I'll add it to this post.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Stanley Hasty: His Life and Teaching

The Florida State University College of Music is providing access to a treatise by Elizabeth Marie Gunlogson about Stanley Hasty, a very respected clarinetist and pedagog. The treatise includes a biography of Hasty and then lots of precious information about his teaching divided by subject.

A warmly suggest everyone to have a look at this work.

Stanley Hasty: His Life and His Teaching (PDF). The Florida State University College of Music.

A little excerpt with some basic notion articulation:
The tongue should release the note, not the air, and it should be abrupt so that there’s a definite “t” [sound with the] “tah.” Not “tee,” but “hhh-tah-tah-tah.” I’m keeping my throat as open as I can [using the “hhh”] and the tongue just touches the reed, but I do want that little “t”.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Statistical roundup of 2007

This blog was born the 9th November 2007. 2007 was quite a short year with just 53 days. Here are few statistical remarks on the blog for your curiosity:

  • 1534 different visits (an average of 30 days per day) made by 714 different individuals
  • Each visit lasted for an average of 3:05 minutes
  • Visitors were coming from 55 different countries, stretching from Eritrea to Latvia, from Iran to Mexico, from Barbados to South Korea... 41% of visits were from USA, 23% from Italy. Sweden, UK, Canada and Spain follow with percentage between 5% and 2%, and then France, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Australia...
  • There were about 1200 registered downloads. The most downloaded file was Mozart K616, closely followed by the solo sonata of CPE Bach and the Andantino of Debussy.

Thanks to all of you and best wishes for a joyful 2008!