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 curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: samacro 
Date:   2003-07-23 14:46

Ever since seeing a Klezmer concert several months ago at a clarinet festival, I've been interested in trying my hand at it. Anyone know of some good starting materials - books, etc?

Post Edited (2003-07-23 14:50)

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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2003-07-23 20:09

Yea verily you tread where others have gone before you. There are other threads on this board this information.

Try "Compleat Klezmer" by Henry Sapoznik (Tara Publications - http://www.tara.com.) Get the accompanying audio CD, which has the source archival recordings for the transcribed tunes.


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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: ChrisC 
Date:   2003-07-23 21:05

Buy this CD:

Naftule Brandwein--King of the Klezmer Clarinet


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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: Gene K 
Date:   2003-07-24 01:58

In addition to the suggestions you've already received, I would recommend collections published from the repertoire of Giora Feidman, also available from Tara Music. Kammen Dance Folios Nos. 1 & 9 provide other good source material (also available from Tara.) Check out Ari Davidow's website The Klezmer Shack (get address from Google) for great Klez info.
Enjoy! Gene

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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: ChrisC 
Date:   2003-07-24 02:24

I'm surprised to see so much emphasis placed upon ready-made transcriptions. It's very hard for me to imagine klezmer written out in standard notation--or any kind of notation, really, although I am aware that many bands do in fact take this approach. I've never been able to successfully notate any of the klezmer tunes that I play, and I think they would lose a great deal in translation. Certainly, the advice to purchase the accompanying CD to the Sapoznik book is quite sound; however, I very much recommend that you try your hand at learning the music solely by ear.

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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: ginny 
Date:   2003-08-01 16:53

I use the Incredible Slower Downer, a shareware program that allows me to change the speed of a CD or wave file to transcribe. I can also tweek the pitch or isolate a single note using.

I usually know the piece pretty well after I write it down for everyone else.

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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: ChrisC 
Date:   2003-08-02 17:43

I use something similar called Transcribe! It halves (and even quarters!) the speed wthout changing its pitch and allows you to loop fragments of a piece of music repeatedly, which is useful for especially difficult passagese.

The thing is, I tend to forget that I'm transcribing at half speed and when I realize just how fast the Bulgarian tunes I'm working on at the moment really are, It can be a rude awakening.

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 Re: curious klezmer clarinetist
Author: wyatt 
Date:   2003-08-04 17:57

try East Klexmer by Giora Feidman
Klexmers--arranged by Poen Wolfgram
Avrahm Galper--clarinet series.

bob gardner}ÜJ

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