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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000770.txt from 2004/10

From: John Dablin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Etudes based on symphonic literature?
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:45:14 -0400

On Monday 25 Oct 2004 19:25, Laurence E. Young wrote:
> I can remember working on Frederic Thurston's Passage Studies back in
> college. All the studies are based on passages from various 'classical'
> works including some based on actual orchestral clarinet parts (I
> distinctly remember Mahler's 4th symphony and Kodaly's Peacock
> Variations for instance). The version I have is in several volumes
> arranged by difficulty and was published by Boosey and Hawkes.

These are still available from Boosey and Hawkes. Volumes 1 and 2 are stock
items, volume 3 is to special order (see my post

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> Finally, and I'm sure this will be a contentious issue, but I would be
> wary of excerpt books. The only one that I would personally recommend is
> Peter Hadcock's Working Clarinetist, which is extremely good.

I second that.

Could I also suggest "The Orchestral Musician's CD-ROM Library", available
from Gary Van Cott <>. Each CD-ROM contains PDF files
of the complete clarinet parts (all the parts, not just clarinet 1) of a
whole variety of works. I have no way of knowing how accurate the facsimiles
are, but they look pretty authentic to me. As someone once said on this
list, knowing the prominent excerpts is one thing, but often the real finger
twisters are in the tutti passages.

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John Dablin
Aylesbury UK

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