Klarinet Archive - Posting 000451.txt from 1995/03
From: Josias Associates <josassoc@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Bonade
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 05:51:31 -0500
On Wed, 15 Mar 1995, Neil Leupold wrote:
> Does anybody know who Daniel Bonade's mentor was? We have this lineage thing
> going on in the clarinet world, where a particular person's legacy is passed
> down from one generation and/or "school" of clarinet playing to the next. You
> see it now with students of Hasty, and those of Marcellus, and so forth.
> Bonade seems to have been the grandfather of all of the current "masters", but
> who was his? Hamelin?
I see that you have received a number of authoritative postings
on Daniel Bonade, which should answer your question about his musical
Although others on Klarinet know more about Gaston Hamelin than I
do, I can tell you that his most famous student was Ralph McLane, the
brilliant clarinetist at the Philadelphia Orchestra for many years.
McLane first studied with Vannini and later, after hearing Hamelin play at
the BSO, started studying with him. Of McLane's students, some of the most
prominent were Harold Wright and Dominic Ferra.
I noted with some interest in reading a biographical monograph
about McLane written by his friend, David Weber, that McLane and Bonade knew
each other rather well. McLane was invariably Bonade's preferred
vacation substitute in the CBS Symphony, which was conducted by Howard
Barlow, and McLane eventually inherited Bonade's position in that orchestra.
La Canada, California