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 "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2017-11-27 20:12

Next year I'm playing a new piece in which there are precisely notated clarinet multiphonics, the composer referring the player to ‘E. Michael Richards 2002’.

I imagine that this is "The Clarinet of the 21st Century”:

https://userpages.umbc.edu/~emrich/books.html

…but there’s not an obvious way to access the text.

I see from the search engine that Gary van Cott used to sell this book, but I can't find it on his current list.

Before I contact Richards, does anyone have it, or want to comment on its reliability?

Tony



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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2017-11-27 20:38

Don't worry: I couldn't get the links to work on the page I posted, but found by a Google search that I could access the multiphonic chart directly here:

https://userpages.umbc.edu/~emrich/chapter3-3.html

I'll let you know if that works for the piece.

Tony

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Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2017-11-27 21:37

The present version of E. Michael Richard's 21st Century clarinet work is now set up as a multimedia presentation. It includes additional examples for eb and bass clarinets. It started out as a book in 1991 at one time distributed by Vandoren: Richards, E. Michael The Clarinet of the 21st Century: Explorations of New Instrumental Resources Based on Principles of Acoustics. E & K Publishers.

In the US, William O. Smith (better known to some as jazz clarinetist Bill Smith, long associated with Dave Brubeck) was one of the first to explore and notate multiphonics for clarinet. Phillip Rehfeldt's book New Directions in Clarinet (amazingly still in print or at least available) includes many of the fingerings developed by Smith. Another source for multiphonic fingerings is
Multiphonics and Other Contemporary Clarinet Techniques by Gerald Farmer, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Philip Rehfeldt. Shallumo Publishers.

E. Michael Richard teaches clarinet at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the US and is, among other things, also a student of Japanese music. Here he is performing in a composition for clarinet and trombone:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Lake%C+thunder+for+clarinet.

One of the most recent comprehensive explorations of clarinet multphonics is Sarah Watts' Spectral Immersions: A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practice of Bass Clarinet Multiphonics published in 2015. I'm wondering how much of this material (if any) would apply to the higher pitched clarinets.



Post Edited (2017-12-05 21:47)

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2017-11-28 10:37

If you want an in-depth study of the theory and practice of clarinet-multiphonics which includes a database and mp3 demos, please click on the following link:

http://www.clarinet-multiphonics.org/clarinet-multiphonics.html



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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2017-11-28 15:54

I can play multiphonics. It was just that these multiphonics are explicitly written – whereas I know that the details of multiphonics are very instrument-dependent, and sometimes interchangeable without much perturbation of the musical effect.

I thought I should at least make the effort to TRY to obey the composer's instructions:-)

Tony

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2017-11-28 18:27

Thanks Tony & Dan! Hopefully clarinet-multiphonics.org will one day discover HTML5 and dump Flash, which is one of the biggest hacking gateways ever invented.

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2017-11-28 21:16

Tony,

No disrespect was meant to you by my posting of the link leading to the study of clarinet multiphonics. I posted it for those who, like me, may never have heard of it before or may have wanted a review of the subject matter. With what little time I had to look at it last night, the subject material appeared to be quite interesting, informative, and well presented.

Good luck on the microphonics new piece you'll be playing next year!



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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2017-11-29 00:45

Sorry Dan, I certainly didn't mean that I didn't value your suggestion.

It's just that composers using someone's particular take on multiphonics as a sort of compositional look-up table doesn't really lead anywhere interesting, in my opinion. But perhaps I'm wrong.

I suppose my query was directed at people who routinely play music involving multiphonics, and whose opinion of Richards's book might help me.

I still can't access anything beyond the isolated page I linked in my second post, so perhaps it's a computer glitch my end. The required multiphonics aren't listed on that page, anyhow.

Tony

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Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2017-11-29 01:47

I see that I can't get the online links from his page to work either.

Mr Richards--music director of his university's orchestra as well as clarinet professor-- seems to be a very affable teacher and player (his students give him the highest ratings) with a genuine interest in contemporary music. He may even know the composer who referenced him. Why not drop him an email at

emrichards@umbc.edu

His phone number is 410-455-3064.

If all else fails, Tulane University (in New Orleans) has a copy of his original printed book. If you give me specifics, I should be able to look in the book to see if what you need is there.



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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: tacet 
Date:   2017-11-29 02:42

Tony,

just to confirm that it's not a glitch at your end. E.g. you can find more (I think all) of the content of the multiphonics chapter by changing "3-3" to "3-4" ... "3-8" in the URL you posted above. But unfortunately most of the on-page links are broken due to hostname issues.

Anyway, I have not seen further reference material on these pages.

Best regards
(tacet)

PS: maybe you could mention the technical issue to Mr Richards should you contact him? It's a real pity that this fine educational resource is out there but almost unusable.

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2017-11-29 03:19

Mr. Richards is a busy fellow, but I'm sure he would be happy to speak to you over the phone. I've known him for a few years now.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2017-11-29 04:06

Tony, perhaps the following may be of interest to you. A few pages of the book are previewed and for full access, a 30 day free trial membership is required by simply signing up.

https://www.scribd.com/document/37247487/Clarinet-of-the-XXI-Richards

Maybe you can find what you are looking for.



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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: richard smith 
Date:   2017-11-30 18:37

all we need is Pay and Thomas Fridl on clarinet / those were the days !!!

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Tony Pay 2017
Date:   2017-12-05 01:24

Thank you everyone who contributed to this thread.

I haven't quite decided what to do about the problem, but I'll let you know.

Tony

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 Re: "Clarinet of the 21st Century"
Author: Douglas 
Date:   2017-12-05 16:25

As an aside, I wish to say that I, for one, am so pleased to see Tony Pay still
involved in this board. His intelligence and musicianship are much valued.

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