The Clarinet in the Classical Period

The Clarinet in the Classical Period

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Acclaimed author of The Baroque Clarinet, Albert R. Rice, now presents a comprehensive study of the clarinet in use through the classical period, from 1760 to 1830. During the early part of this intensive period of musical experimentation, the clarinet was transformed from a typically baroque instrument to an essential piece of the classical ensemble. Barely a half century later, in 1812, Ivan Muller developed the thirteen-keyed clarinet, which brought the instrument into the Romantic age. The Clarinet in the Classical Period provides a detailed review of the achievements of the period's most important clarinet makers, including James Wood, Teobaldo Monzani, Jean-Francois Simiot, as well as the innovations of creative performers such as Ivan Muller and Cesar Janssen. Rice offers new research regarding the practice of clef notation by Italian, French, and German composers, clarifying their use of transposing clarinets.
The book also explores the creative relationships of two key trios of composer, maker, and performer - Carl Maria von Weber, Heinrich Baermann, and Jean-Jacques Baumann; and Mozart, Anton Stadler, and Theodore Lotz - examining how clarinet construction and performance practice developed in tandem with musical styles. Essential reading for clarinetists and for those who love their music, The Clarinet in the Classical Period recounts a fascinating chapter in the instrument's history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 halftones, 64 line illustrations
  • 0195342992
  • 9780195342994
  • 1,016,580

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. General Design and Construction Characteristics ; 2. Historical Development ; 3. Playing Techniques ; 4. Music for the Classical Clarinet ; 5. The Clarinet in Performing Groups ; Notes ; Bibliography
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About Albert Rice

Albert R. Rice has been an active performer on historic and modern clarinets for over thirty years. He is the author of The Baroque Clarinet as well as more than 60 articles and reviews on the clarinet's history. The curator of the Fiske Collection of Musical Instruments in Claremont, California, Rice is also an independent appraiser of musical instruments and works as a professional librarian.
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