Category Archives: Clarinet

High Register Playing on the Clarinet

Playing in the highest register – the altissimo register – of a woodwind instrument requires much experience, embouchure control and inner hearing. Books and webpages offer a huge number of fingering charts for high notes on clarinets. Relatively few of … Continue reading

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Swiss Clarinet Day 2013

Last weekend I was invited to participate and lecture in the annual meeting of Swiss Clarinet Society. It took place in the music school of the small town Burgdorf near Bern, and I was especially fond of visiting because I … Continue reading

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La Scena Musicale

The latest issue of “La Scena Musicale”, a big Montreal music magazine, has an article about the Bohlen-Pierce system and the BP clarinet. During one of my stays in Montreal, author Marc Chenard asked me and my colleague Todd Harrop … Continue reading

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Useful Resources on Contemporary Clarinet Playing (Masterclass Part II)

In my first article about the masterclass in Montreal I wrote about pieces which are a good starting point for studying contemporary repertoire. But how can one find information about all those noises, multiphonics and extremely high notes one is … Continue reading

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The Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet. An Introduction to Acoustics and Playing Technique

The Bohlen-Pierce scale was discovered in the 1970s and 1980s by Heinz Bohlen and John R. Pierce respectively. Due to a lack of instruments which were able to play the scale, hardly any compositions in Bohlen-Pierce could be found in … Continue reading

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Giving a Masterclass in Contemporary Clarinet Playing – Part I

As a sequel to my presentation at La Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in October 2010, I have been invited to give a masterclass on extended clarinet techniques and contemporary interpretation. Speaking with Jean-François Normand about possible forms of the … Continue reading

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Bohlen-Pierce Clarinet Upgrade

Since Jean-François gave me the wonderful idea of having a “multiphonic enhanced” BP clarinet I have been in contact with Stephen Fox. He is designing an instrument for me with two additional keys (e’ flat and g’# keys on the … Continue reading

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