Senior honors clarinet recital : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]

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dc.contributor.advisor Hartig, Caroline en_US Griffith, Benjamin en_US
dc.contributor.other Henry, Ren�e L. en_US 2011-06-06T18:55:41Z 2011-06-06T18:55:41Z 2002 en_US 2002
dc.identifier.other A-295 en_US
dc.description.abstract It is my philosophy that a great musician makes a great music teacher. And as a musician, there are decisions that have to be made when it comes to performing in a concert or recital. One of the decisions to make is what pieces should be included in the repertoire. When choosing pieces, I had to take into account my playing ability and the technicality of the pieces under consideration. When considering choosing music for a band when I am teaching, I will have to take the same considerations into account. I will need to think about the ability of my students and the technical demands that the music will put on the students. The following is my rationale for the pieces that I chose to perform for this recital.The Sonata No. 2 in Eb Major, Opus 120 by Johannes Brahms is a beautiful, lyrical piece of music. And even though the notes and the rhythms of the part do not look that complicated, Brahms weaves in a number of difficulties. There are multiple times where he used hemiola, two against three, between the piano and the clarinet. This piece also is very challenging for its artistic expression. With Brahms' music, there is always more to the piece than just the notes on the page. There needs to be an expression of the performer in the music that evokes some kind of emotion. It is because of these different challenges that I chose to perform this piece. It is both lyrical and challenging, allowing me to grow as a performer.The Rhapsody for Clarinet by Willson Osborne is an unaccompanied piece for solo clarinet. The tempo fluctuates throughout the piece, allowing the mood to change slightly. The meters also change throughout, allowing certain passages to move more smoothly. The piece also exemplifies a slow lyrical section that occasionally accelerates into a more technically challenging passage before going back to the slower, lyrical tempo. This piece is challenging in that it is the clarinet performing by itself. This allows for the performer to be a little more flexible with tempo and allow the performer to express himself a little more outside the strict tempos of accompanied playing. It is true that you do not want to stray too far away from the printed tempos, but it allows more liberty to be taken than to follow a strict tempo. And that is why I chose this piece for this recital.The Sonata for Clarinet, Opus 167 by Camille Saint-Saens is grand solo for the clarinet. Just like the Brahms, it is very lyrical and is deceptively difficult. The part does not look too complicated, but a performer must make more from the notes that are printed on the page. The very lyrical opening section can become very expressionistic. The middle section is where the most difficult passages of the piece are, with flowing sixteenth notes in the piano and clarinet. And this flowing excitement eventually subsides and returns to the more lyrical phrases. This piece was chosen because it shows how musical a clarinet player can be. I learned early on that there is more to this piece than just the notes and dynamics written on the page. This piece, along with the Brahms, has allowed me to grow as a solo performer.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 1 v. ; 30 cm. + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.) en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Music. en_US
dc.title Senior honors clarinet recital : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)] en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?.)
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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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