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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000274.txt from 1995/01

From: Josias Associates <josassoc@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Advice for inexperienced player
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 16:36:24 -0500

On Wed, 18 Jan 1995, John-Paul Bogers wrote:

> I want to start playing some easy pieces. Which pieces can be advised
for a novice. (not too difficult, but still a challenge)

> J.P. Bogers, M.D.
> Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen (UIA)
> Lab Pathology
> 2610 Wilrijk
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Dr. Bogers,

As Lorne Buick indicated in his reply to your request, there is a
sizable literature of fairly easy or straightforward music to choose
from, and you are likely to get a wide sampling of suggestions in
response to your inquiry.

The following are three works that come to mind:

1. "Romanze" for Clarinet and Piano by Max Reger (1920).
Originally written for violin and piano, this piece has also been
transcribed for seven other solo instruments, including clarinet.
Although a relatively short and simple composition, it is rhythmically
and tonally interesting, making it attractive to player and listener
alike. It is published by B&H and is listed as Edition Breitkopf Nr. 4761;

2. "Two Faure Pieces" Arranged for Clarinet in Bb and Piano by
Sidney Lawton (Oxford Press, 1980). The two pieces are "Pie Jesu" from
Faure's Requiem, and his famous "Sicilienne," Op. 78; and

3. "An Elgar Clarinet Album" Arranged by Sidney Lawton (Novello,
1981). This collection includes six famous Elgar melodies, including
"Salut d'Amour," "Chanson de Matin," and "Chanson de Nuit."

I hope these recommendations prove helpful to you.


Conrad Josias
Engineering Consultant
La Canada, California

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