1st Edition

The Versatile Clarinet

By Roger Heaton Copyright 2006
    152 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    152 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Versatile Clarinet gives a wide-ranging look at the clarinet and the music that has been played on it. The book offers a brief survey of the types of music that have been played on the instrument, key players, and issues facing clarinetists as they seek to expand the instrument's repertory and recognition. The topics covered include everything from playing early and historic clarinets; jazz clarinet technique; contemporary and avant-garde music; klezmer clarinet; and the history of clarinet recording. The book will appeal to clarinetists, music historians, musical instrument scholars, and general readers interested in the development of this important instrument.


    Roger Heaton

    1. The Early Clarinet: historical icon or post-modern invention?
    Colin Lawson

    2. The Extended Clarinet: four contemporary approaches
    Christopher Fox

    3. The clarinet and its players in Eastern Europe and Greece
    Stephen Cottrell & Evangelia Mantzourani

    4. The Albanian Kaba and the Clarinet
    Dave Smith

    5. Jazz Clarinet Performance
    Chris Heaton

    6. William O Smith - Musical Pioneer: a look at the work of one of America's most inventive musicians
    Ian Mitchell

    7. A few issues regarding the performance of new music
    Roger Heaton

    8. The Bass Clarinet
    Henri Bok

    9. The Contrabass Clarinets
    Tim Payne

    10. Towards a beginning: thoughts leading to an interpretation of Domaines for solo clarinet by Pierre Boulez
    Ian Mitchell



    Roger Heaton