Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Why’s the clarinet such a neglected instrument?

Apart from Benny Goodman and Mozart to some extent, few have accorded the clarinet the respect it deserves. I heard part of the Aaron Copland clarinet concerto on the New York Times a few weeks ago and went on a desperate drive to hunt down the whole track online, but it was all in vain. The instrument needs a savior desperately.

And I can never understand why people still play the cello. There should be a harassment tax imposed on any musician who plays this wretched instrument!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Listen to Yoyo Ma and you may revise your opinion!

Deepanjan said...

Yoyo Ma is indeed an exception. But I am not alone in disliking the cello. Many famous composers have criticized it too. I think it was Mozart who said the the cello sounds like a bee flying in a jug!

Anonymous said...

If you like dixieland style swing music listen to Pete Fountain on the clarinet.Also more or less in that genre is Acker Bilk.His 'Stranger on the Shore' was a favourite of mine when I was much younger!

Deepanjan said...

I'm listening to Pete Fountain as I type this message. Thanks, I'm liking it! :)

Deepanjan said...

Acker Bilk...he's a fairly recent discovery for me. I remember being enthralled by 'Stranger on the Shore' the first time I heard it. I played it repeatedly.
Thanks!