The Clarinet

Eric Hoeprich

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May 14, 2008
416 pages, 7 x 10
40 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300102826
Cloth

The clarinet has a long and rich history as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musical instrument. In this broad-ranging account Eric Hoeprich, a performer, teacher, and expert on historical clarinets, explores its development, repertoire, and performance history.

Looking at the antecedents of the clarinet, as well as such related instruments as the chalumeau, basset horn, alto clarinet, and bass clarinet, Hoeprich explains the use and development of the instrument in the Baroque age. The period from the late 1700s to Beethoven's early years is shown to have fostered ever wider distribution and use of the instrument, and a repertoire of increasing richness. The first half of the nineteenth century, a golden age for the clarinet, brought innovation in construction and great virtuosity in performance, while the following century and a half produced a surge in new works from many composers. The author also devotes a chapter to the role of the clarinet in bands, folk music, and jazz.

 

Eric Hoeprich was educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He is a professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

"No clarinettist will want to be without this book. . . . Musicians and listeners other than clarinettists will certainly find something in these pages to interest them, since the text relates to phases in the history of music told from the perspective of one instrument and its players. . . . This volume represents a milestone in research into the history of the clarinet."—Colin Lawson, Performance Practice Review

"[Hoeprich's] illustrations and descriptions of different key systems are excellent, and he includes an exhaustive appendix listing all known American and European clarinet makers. . . . The Clarinet is irrefutably well researched, is well organized and documents a large amount of material.  The book is  written in an extremely organic style that describes well the history of the clarinet as a linear evolution." —Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment, Music Educators Journal
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