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The Clarinet Outings series are conceived to familiarize clarinet players of all levels with a large musical horizont. These books provide original etudes and duets inspired by various composers and styles which mark out music history: from Renaissance to Debussy, from Mozart to Carlos Jobim, via Schoenberg, Steve Reich, Jazz, Celts and other folk music. Each tunes is presented with an introduction text. Accompaniments provide demo and play along tracks.
Time to kick back and dance, Irish style! The key signature says C Major, but it’s really in F Lydian mode. Don’t freak out about the name, just remember that your home key is built on F, even if the scale sounds a bit weird. That’s what gives the piece its Celtic folk-dance flavor.
1. Celtic Fair 1. Celtic Fair
A la Paul McCartney
Here’s a tribute to one of our greatest songwriters. The beat is a bouncy swing, like you hear in Paul’s famous song When I’m 64. The eighth notes are played like triplets instead of even eighth notes. The first four measures are the intro, then the song begins at bar five. I wonder what the words are...
2. A La Paul Mc Cartney 2. A La Paul Mc Cartney
Almost A Waltz
A normal waltz is a dance in 3/4 time. This one got a bit confused, but it works, in it’s own weird way. Most of the time you count it 1-2 1-2-3, but sometimes it’s the other way around 1-2-3 1-2. Some of the old Russian composers like Tchaikowsky and Borodin had fun writing waltzes in 5/4 time.
3. Almost a Waltz 3. Almost a Waltz
Charles Reskin cleverly combines stimulation and entertainment, humor and emotion, with professionalism and pedagogy. An excellent preparation to the repertory.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is regarded as one of the great composers of the 20th century. He and several others were labeled as impressionists, because they tried to convey moods and colors in their music as the French impressionist artists did in their paintings. This etude uses some of the impressionist techniques. The terms are in French, too, so be sure to look them up in the Glossary on page 30.
4. First Impression 4. First Impression
In a Russian Village
Here’s a little tune in the Russian folk style. The first part is a kind of plaintive (sad) song, so make it really sing. The middle part (measures 9-14) is like a little dance interlude, a bit more lively. Then we go back to our original melody (measure 15). Most songs are written like this, with a first part (A), then a middle part (B), and then a repeat of the first part (A again). This is known as (get ready for it) A-B-A form!
8. In a Russian Village 8. In a Russian Village
A pastorale is a piece that depicts some kind of rural or natural scene. You can imagine whatever you want. The time signature here is 6/4, which like having 2 measures of 3/4 time in each measure. The quarter notes are grouped into two BIG beats instead of six smaller ones.
9. Pastorale 9. Pastorale
Canon for Spring
In music, a canon is a piece in which both players play the same music, but one starts later than the other, and the composer has worked it out so that the music fits together. A couple of examples of a basic canon are Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Frère Jacques. Tongue very lightly.
Canon For Spring Canon For Spring
King Tut's Tomb
Make the Pharaoh proud - play all the right notes! You’ll find some weird variations of minor scales in this one, so be careful of booby traps...
King Toots Tomb King Toots Tomb
The Klezmer music craze has been sweeping the world lately, and has done a lot to promote the clarinet, which is one of the main instruments in a Klezmer band. The Klezmer style comes from the Jewish village bands of Eastern Europe, who played for dances, weddings and special occasions. The clarinet often gets the star role, and you can hear how it imitates the crying, laughing and singing of the human voice. Have fun with this one, shalom!
- Solos with accompaniment
1. Celtic Fair (0:50)
2. A la Paul McCartney (1:30)
3. Almost a Waltz (0:47)
4. First Impression (1:35)
5. Going Down (1:00)
6. Going Up (0:46)
7. Joe Coso (0:46)
8. In a Russian Village (1:28)
9. Pastorale (1:31)
10. Splitting the Octave (1:00)
11. The Dancing Tongue (0:45)
12. Vocalise (1:42)
1. Canon for Spring (1:05)
2. Express to Shanghai (1:08)
3. Parallel Worlds, Major Thirds (1:09)
4. Gondola Outing in Venice (1:23)
5. How Jazz Works (0:50)
6. It’s Gavotte to be Good (0:50)
7. King Tut’s Tomb (1:15)
8. Olympic Outing (0:45)
9. Klezmelicious (1:03)
10. Outing in Buenos Aires (1:05)
11. Medieval March (1:07)
12. The Organ Grinder (1:01)
- Editions Bim