Culture Magazine

More Thoughts on Articulation

By Clarineticus @Clarineticus
I love your last post, Kristen! I especially like the "Mental To-Do" at the top. In addition to the physical aspects of articulation that you explained so expertly, it also helps me to have a model of articulated sound. This probably falls under "1. Be Creative" in your post above. While there are many fine recordings of clarinetists who articulate beautifully, I often like to have a model that is not a clarinetist, but rather a vocalist or violinist. The physical nature of the clarinet lends itself well to heavy articulation, whereas so much of our repertoire demands lighter articulation. In addition, so much Classic and Romantic music is written in an operatic (vocal) style. To try to overcome the tendencies of the clarinet and achieve a variety of articulation styles, I listen to vocalists and string players and try to put passages in that context (vowel? consonant? on the string? off the string? pizzicato?) to achieve lightness and style appropriate to the passage.
The two recordings of "La Ronde des Lutins" (the original for violin and a transcription for clarinet) illustrate this idea in action.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Idle Thoughts While Surfing...

    Idle Thoughts While Surfing...

    I wish there was a game show where the contestant was brought into a room, packed with crap. { think 'Hoarders' without the dried up cat carcasses } and then... Read more

    By  Beachbungalow8
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • Thoughts & Prayers

    Watching the cataclysmic destruction affecting Japan certainly puts life into perspective. To witness such unbelievable loss makes "big stories" like Charlie... Read more

    By  Thefriskyvirgin
    ENTERTAINMENT, TV & VIDEO
  • Some Thoughts About Love

    Some Thoughts About Love

    *Soon it will be Valentine's Day. They have painted love hearts on the diner windows and love heart balloons.As well as my family, I love Knut. He came over... Read more

    By  Elizabethwix
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Articulation

    Articulation

    I've been reading Albert Einstein's biography, and something struck me today about him. He made these amazing leaps of imagination, but one of the things he... Read more

    By  Happygrc
    BUSINESS, MARKETING & ADVERTISING
  • Good Friday Thoughts

    Good Friday Thoughts

    Today is the day Jesus died.Well, sort of.. I’m not referring to the resurrection on Sunday but the fact that it might have been a Friday, based on John 19:42... Read more

    By  Phil's Stock World
    BUSINESS, ECONOMICS
  • William and Kate’s Unspoken Thoughts During Vows

    William Kate’s Unspoken Thoughts During Vows

    Throughout the courtship and in the weeks just prior to this big day- the one observation noted over and over again by everyone watching was the apparent cool... Read more

    By  Datecoachtoni
    DATING, LOVE & SEX, RELATIONSHIPS
  • Pensive Thoughts

    Pensive Thoughts

    Artist: H.G. Birchall Title: Pensive Thoughts Medium: Pencil and Watercolor on Paper Size: 72 x 49 cm (28.35" x 19.29") ~Painting Commissions are Happily... Read more

    By  Enzieshahmiri
    ART & DESIGN