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 Tsfasman Intermezzo Sheet Music
Author: clarinetist04 
Date:   2019-11-25 22:49

Does anyone know where one might find a published version of the Alexander Tsfasman Intermezzo for Clarinet and Orchestra? It's a wonderful little jazz work (1944) out of the old Soviet Union. Only about 5 minutes - lots of recordings of it on YouTube of varying quality. I can only find copied pdfs online out of Russia - does anyone know if this work can be purchased from a Russian publisher (or any publisher for that matter)?

For that matter, what about Russian music for the clarinet? There are a few pieces available in the concerto genre available from a publisher out of St. Petersburg, but does anyone know where one would find a clarinet/piano version of, for example, the Concertino of Boris Alexandrov, the Berezowski Concerto, or the Concertos of Khagagortyan, Krylov, Komarovsky, Magidenko, Senderey, Vasilenko, or Yevseyev, just to name a few? It seems like this music from the Soviet era just fell off the face of the earth.

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 Re: Tsfasman Intermezzo Sheet Music
Author: igalkov 
Date:   2019-11-26 09:22

Hi,
I'm from Russia, and what you've asked is a complicated question. Me personally never even heard about any of the music you've mentioned but Vasilenko concerto, and the title Intemezzo. I can only guess here, but:
— Maybe (just MAYBE) it's not a very good music from the start, by not very good authors — life is too short to search for discovering something worthwhile while there is a lot of masterpieces to chose from. As an example, there was an extremely popular during Soviet era Boris Tchaikovsky Concerto, which is completely outdated by now; Jaques and Martianov Concerto — the same story;
— The reason for this I think is a situation when first line soviet composers like Prokofiev and Schostakovich just ignored clarinet completely;
— I can describe you situation with sheet music here. Nobody cares of copyrights. Nobody. What you've described (scanned pdf) is the only way sheet music spreads here. When I buy sheet music from Presto or Howarth's, everybody just looks at me like I'm insane: "Why buy? You didn't found it free on the internet? Ask in clarinet groups, they'll send you pdf";
— So clarinet sheet music publishing here is just Rozanov's Clarinet School and collections of popular music for music schools, what parents would really buy for money in bookshops. See above: you can literally "publish" only one copy of something serious, then it would be over the web.

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 Re: Tsfasman Intermezzo Sheet Music
Author: clarinetist04 
Date:   2019-11-26 20:30

Thank you for the information. It's fascinating that the music only really spreads by pdf or copies. It's true that some of the music being produced wasn't that good. I'm sure some original editions are out there, but if there isn't any incentive to reprint because everything exists in copy-form, then perhaps many of these works, even for academic purposes, are lost to time.

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