Saturday, 31 May 2008

Free recording of John Adams' "Gnarly Buttons"

Here is a piece of music that you can't miss. The piece for solo clarinet and chamber orchestra is in three movement. Beautiful and touching.

Please listen to Sean Osborne playing John Adams' Gnarly Buttons on Sean Osborne's home page.

Please go to John Adams' home page to read the composer notes about this piece.

Happy listening!

Friday, 2 May 2008

Free sheet music: Wagner's Shepherd song from Tristan and Isolde

At the beginning of the third act of Tristan and Isolde you can hear a beautiful and unforgettable solo, the Shepher's song played on "Corn Anglais". There is no orchestra, no singing, nothing but the musician (on stage, as explicitly noted by Wagner on the score) playing this magnificient piece of music.

It is slow and filled with incredible longing.

In my opinion it is very tough to render it on the clarinet as beautifully as it can be rendered on the corn anglais, mainly due to difficulty to make the perfect legato on the octave jump as corn anglais and oboes can. However it is a piece of music of such beauty that it will keep you entertained for a long time and will give you some hard time to get the perfect colour, intonation, sublime legato and staccato as it requires...

Here it is for you to enjoy:

Download Free sheet music for Wagner's Shepherd Song arranged for clarinet solo.

Happy playing!