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 International Women’s Day
Author: cigleris 
Date:   2020-03-08 17:45

In honour of IWD what are your favourite clarinet works by female composers?

Peter Cigleris

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: DaphnisetChloe 
Date:   2020-03-09 01:16

This wild clarinet concerto by Kaija Saariaho

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2020-03-09 03:12

Just driving home today, listening to the car radio I heard the slow movement from Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 3. It has a very prominent and beautiful clarinet part. I hadn't heard it before, but it's worth getting to know for clarinet players.

But I also have to give my vote to the Saariaho Concerto!

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: cigleris 
Date:   2020-03-09 03:32

Liquorice, you should check out Farrenc’s Trio for clarinet, cello and piano. Beautiful. I don’t know the Saariaho but will investigate.

Peter Cigleris

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: clarinetist04 
Date:   2020-03-09 04:33

Saariaho's concerto is definitely wild! A cool piece. Nancy Bloomer Deussen's Concerto is an absolutely lovely piece. Not terribly difficult but just a beautiful piece by a wonderful person and composer. She's active in the San Francisco scene.

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2020-03-09 05:22

I've heard only Kari Krikku play the Saariaho concerto, and his performance was riveting. Does anybody else play it? Saariaho's Duft for clarinet and piano has been gaining in popularity. Amanda Harberg's Sonata and Jeanine Rueff's Concertino are more conventional works that I can enjoy playing. The Ida Gotkovsky Concerto and the Chinese Ancient Dances by Chen Yi (commissioned by David Shifrin) deserve to be played more. No doubt there is a great deal of music for clarinet by women composers that is out of print or has never been commercially published that merits a hearing as well.

Post Edited (2020-03-09 07:03)

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: Tom H 
Date:   2020-03-09 06:14

The McGinty Rhapsody with band is nice. I've played it and heard it a couple of times. The middle section is open to different interpretations.

The Most Advanced Clarinet Book--Austin Macauley Publishers (PDF samples here)
Boreal Ballad for unaccompanied clarinet--Sheet Music Plus

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: ebonite 
Date:   2020-03-09 12:50

Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony has some great solos for bass clarinet (in A!) in the 3rd movement

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: donald 
Date:   2020-03-09 13:33

I performed the Amy Beach symphony mentioned above a few years back, and we (the orchestra) LOVED it, but the reviewer did not- comparing it unkindly with Mahler 3 (composed in the same year).
My favourite pieces by Women composers....
Rebecca Clarke- the duo for Viola and clarinet.
From the modern era? In NZ we have so many great pieces written by women that it seems pointless to make a point of the gender. However I do understand that this is not the case world wide.

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: ruben 
Date:   2020-03-09 13:37

Dear Peter: I have a particular fondness for Rebecca Clarke. As our leading exponent of British clarinet music, I imagine you've played her music. For clarinet, I only know the wonderfuml duet for viola and clarinet.

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2020-03-09 19:05

I'm working on Georgie by Emma Johnson. It's lovely.

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 Re: International Women’s Day
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2020-03-11 03:42

@clarinetist04 Bloomer Deussen passed away several months ago.


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