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 What to learn next?
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-04-07 19:19

I would be grateful if you would suggest which solo I should learn next. I've looked at various lists of competition pieces and listened to most of the pieces, but don't find many of them appealing enough to spend time working on. I've played Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto, Poulenc's Sonata, Bernstein's Sonata, Arnold's Sonatina, Crusell's Swedish Song and Variations, Mozart's Concerto, Tartini's Concertino, and Montfort's Scene and Air and loved them all. I have to be able to recognize and enjoy a melody for me to like the piece.
Any suggestions on what to learn next will be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!

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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: Leon P 
Date:   2019-04-07 20:06

Have you come across Charles le Thiere and his 1904 Andante and polonaise, for clarinet and piano? It's kind of fun, if a bit boring compared to the pieces that you've already conquered. You might just like it.

Good luck and enjoy your search!


Léon P

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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-04-07 20:52

You have not mentioned some famous pieces - maybe for a reason.
Just a few here;

Copland Concerto
Brahm's Sonatas
Saint Saens Sonate
Weber Concertos
Stravinsky Three Pieces
Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie
Paul JeanJean Arabesques
Nielson Concerto (a difficult one and maybe not melodic enough)

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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-04-07 21:32

Ken's list would be a good place to start, if you haven't already rejected them for one reason or another.

One that isn't probably on any list but is, I think, very appealing is Pastorale Variée by Paul Ben-Haim. It's originally for clarinet and orchestra, but there's a piano edition by Ben-Haim of the accompaniment. Another by the same composer - much easier, so wouldn't take much to learn it, but quite beautiful - is Three Songs Without Words.


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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2019-04-07 21:34

I second Ken's list and will add the Schumann Fantasy Pieces and Prokofiev Sonata. There's also some great chamber works by Mozart, Weber, Bruch and others. These are all "mainstream" classical composers, and while the clarinet literature is rich in other traditions as well, these works are all rewarding to study and play, and useful to have in one's repertoire.

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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: Bennett 2017
Date:   2019-04-08 05:47

Consider Charles Camilleri Concertino for Clarinet and Strings (piano reduction is available: http://tinyurl.com/y4xqtkld).

It's in 3 movements, various versions of movements 2 and 3 are on YouTube:

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 Re: What to learn next?
Author: Roxann 
Date:   2019-04-08 18:46

These are GREAT suggestions. I don't remember seeing most of them on "competition" lists. THANK YOU! I was able to download the clarinet and piano parts on most of the pieces from IMSLP. I'm sure glad I just renewed my membership!

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