MY INSPIRATION FOR WRITING THE BOOK
From about 1995-2006 I went through a period of buying
all the advanced method books I
could find in music stores in Canada
and the U.S. I would thumb through books as to whether I’d spend the
money or not. If 50% of the material worked for me I’d buy it.
The standard Rose/Klose stuff wasn’t
enough. I already had several books by Rudolph Jettel,
the first which I acquired studying
with Leon Russianoff. These “modern” studies opened my
eyes to the range of possibilities
available to a clarinetist.
Jettel studied at the Vienna Music
Academy with Victor Polatschek (1889-1948), who also
composed a very good “contemporary”
book. Jettel was solo clarinetist with the Vienna
Philharmonic. He composed three
books of etudes (“Prelude to” and “The Accomplished Clarinetist”), “which, if
worked through exactly, gives the clarinetist the proficiency to perform all
tasks required of him/her, especially concerning technique and rhythm”.
Another inspirational book was written
by John P. Russo, a worldwide soloist, composer and
professor. There are so many more
advanced books that I can’t mention them all.
The final book that inspired me to
write my own was “Sixteen Modern Etudes for Clarinet”. This is a
collection of 20th century
etudes for the very advanced student. I could find very little about the
composer Frantisek Zitek (1908-89). The etudes here most closely resemble
They seem to be written with extremes
in mind — “What can I write that’s as hard as possible to play”.
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