The Forgotten Clarinet is my first foray into recording music for clarinet and piano. Rather than go out and make another recording of Poulenc, St. Saens, or Debussy, I would like to share great French music for the clarinet that rarely gets played. These works are not even part of the college recital circuit. They are in most cases truly forgotten works.
I grew up in a family that had a great affinity for the past. My father’s business and passion had us collecting and repairing old cars and the ephemera from a bygone era. We had the thrill of the hunt instilled in us at swap meets, searching for the rare fuel pump, or hunting for the promo clock from a long gone tire maker. This instilled in me, the musician, the desire to find musical treasures heretofore lost or undiscovered. I would search in an old teacher’s library, or at music stores, library sales, or even at garage sales for sheet music of neglected gems. Over the past 20 years I have found works that fit the bill, and have had the pleasure to perform many of them.
So what are these pieces already?
Rene de Boisdeffre (1838-1906) 3 pieces for clarinet and piano, Henri Busser (1872-1973) a concert piece called Cantegril, Paul Jeanjean edited and added and piano part to a Rose (after Ferling) etude, Paul Ladmirault (1877-1944) wrote a Sonata, Francis Bousquet (1890-1942) wrote a Solo de Concours (that was not used at the Paris Conservatory), Marc Delmas (1885-1931) the Fantasie Itallienne, Andre Petiot (1886-1973) wrote an accompaniment for another Rose (after Ferling) etude, Marcel Mirouze (1906-1957) had a Humouresque, Gaston Litaize (1909-1991) wrote the Recitatif et theme varie, and Raymond Gallois Montbrun (1918-1994) wrote the most popular piece of this recording project, the Concertstucke in 1948.
Why French music you may ask? There are many ways to answer, first is that the clarinet is a French instrument, and has been heralded by 250 years of French composers that have pushed the clarinetist’s abilities, through contest pieces and the like. Next, I studied in Paris, France for 3 years and developed a love for the culture and the music. Finally, I am convinced that the music I am recording will enrich, or more appropriately, “re-enrich” a repertoire for clarinet and piano steeped in the long French legacy. The last is most important, these pieces, which contribute greatly to the French affection for the clarinet, should not remain forgotten.
The money raised in this Kickstarter campaign will help fund the recording, mixing, mastering and production of the CD’s. The recording will take place at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall with Bove Audio recording, mixing, and mastering in early May 2013.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge with this project will be in post production. I have already booked the recital hall and engineer. My producer has arranged all of his travel plans. Taka and I have performed this repertoire already twice and have been rehearsing regularly since. The only delays could come with editing and production, but I have arranged things so that August and September will be devoted to finishing the project. I then plan on replication of the discs for early October. This timeline should make the finished product easily deliverable by December 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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