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for Clarinet solo

By Joerg Widmann

Clarinet in Bb - advanced
For Clarinet solo. Composed by Joerg Widmann. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Klarinetten-Bibliothek (Clarinet Library). Classical. Composed 1993. 8 pages. Duration 7'. Schott Music #KLB56. Published by Schott Music (HL.49034768).

Item Number: HL.49034768

ISBN 9783795798468. 9x12 inches.

Jorg Widmann, an internationally sought-after soloist and professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Musikhochschule, displays the exquisite refinement of contemporary clarinet sound in 'Funf Bruchstucke' (already published) for clarinet and piano (KLB 54) and in the present 'Fantasie' for solo clarinet. While noise, as a means of expression, is given much attention in 'Funf Bruchstucke', 'Fantasie' is largely based on the usual Romantic melodious sound, though this time with ironic side trips into dance, klezmer and jazz music, the clarinet's equivalent of light music. 'Fantasie' for solo clarinet is my first real piece for my own instrument, the clarinet. With its eccentric virtuosity and its cheerful, ironic fundamental character, it reflects the experience with Stravinsky's 3 Pieces for solo clarinet of 1919 and the tonal innovations which did not appear in music before Carl Maria von Weber's notation for the clarinet, and takes them further in a new way. It is a little imaginary scene uniting the dialogues of different people in close proximity in the spirit of the commedia dell'arte.- Jorg Widmann...on the interpretation:It would be important to take the title completely literally - which is why the performer should of course play the piece with imagination. The most important information on the structure: the complete absence of bar lines - whenever the piece is played to me by students or other persons, I am always pleased about the player's own ideas and about the fact that the musical text is taken literally and seriously, with all its dynamic and articulation marks, and yet filled with life and imagination. What I always notice, however, is that the rhythmic fast pulse part is often played like an etude, rather than with imagination. What is most important to me, personally, is to take pleasure in making tonal distinctions, even despite the strict timing. Use your imagination and enjoy playing my 'Fantasie'!- Jorg Widmann.

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  • 2009-03-17 00:00:00.0 Insane

    This piece is insanely difficult, especially to any clarinetist who is not used to playing contemporary music. This piece falls into the same category as Carter's "Gra," and needs to be worked out and worked out over and over and over again until everything is played perfectly. There are...

    even some techniques used in here such a multiphonics which most readers do not expect.

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