The development and use of the clarinet in the solo and chamber music literature of the late Baroque and the Classic periods

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Carr, Walter E., 1935-
Sherman, Robert W. (Robert William), 1921-2006
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One of the greatest experiences a person can have is to present to an audience the expressions and ideas of a musical composition the way one believes best conveys the thoughts of the composer. It is for this reason that the writer decided on the recital as the means of fulfilling the requirements for a creative project.It is all important for the music educator to be capable of selecting and presenting a musical program which meets the demands expected at a professional or a graduate level. The music educator must have a thorough knowledge of how to express himself musically so he can transmit to his students, by his actions, the ideas which are necessary for a sound musical performance. Students soon become aware of the fact that the teacher does not feel or understand the music which is being presented and thus many discontinue their musical education.The writer feels that because of the hours of preparation and research on the works presented he is now better qualified to rehearse and prepare an individual or a group for a concert or a recital. The recital also gave the writer an opportunity to present some of the best and most technically challenging literature which has been written for the clarinet. The technical advancement made from the hours of practice has prepared the writer for any phase of musical endeavor.Instead of analyzing and writing down what has already been said in the performance, the writer felt it would be better to enlighten the reader about the little known history of the clarinet and the music which was available to the performer in the eighteenth century. The selections within the recital were of the romantic, impressionistic, and contemporary periods. Therefore, the reader could, by listening to the recordings and reading the paper, set a picture of the development of the clarinet, from the primitive beginning, to the utmost in technical advancement, the modern clarinet.It is with this idea in mind that the creative project was undertaken.