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 Léon Pourtau clarinetist and painter
Author: ruben 
Date:   2024-06-17 17:50

The excellent Michael Bryant-a real historian of clarinet playing-brought my attention to Léon Pourtau. The latter was a French clarinetist that played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 19th century and suffered an untimely death when the ship he was travelling on sank. He was also-and perhaps primarily-a painter. And what a painter! Absolutely up there with the greatest of them! Check his paintings out! We'll never know what he was like as a clarinetist, as he died before recordings existed, but as a painter, he was a major figure. Apparently some of his paintings hang in the Phoenix, Arizona Art Museum. Also, did you know that JM Basquiat was a clarinetist?


Post Edited (2024-06-17 20:02)

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