Jack Brymer
Introduction by Yehudi Menuhin

From a lifetime’s experience as an international concert soloist and principal clarinettist of London orchestras, Jack Brymer surveys the clarinet’s short history and the vital influence on its development of its virtuosi and the great composers who have written for them.







In what is primarily an instructional book, Jack Brymer places the instrument in the broad context of its role in the orchestra and in chamber music, expressing stimulating and controversial views. Perhaps his most original and valuable contribution is to be found in the long section on acoustics, the down-to-earth section on the practical clarinettist, and the illuminating passages on artistic approach. Brymer writes for the teacher of the clarinet, as well as for beginners and advanced players, and the unique appendix on the clarinet repertoire is particularly comprehensive. Modern science has revealed facets of the clarinet’s harmonic structure previously only dimly perceived, and the author points the way to a future full of promise.



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About the Author

English clarinettist, Jack Brymer, was largely self-taught as a player and performed as an amateur before being invited by Sir Thomas Beecham to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He later played in the BBC Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras as well as several chamber music ensembles, and maintained a lifelong pleasure in playing jazz. He held professorships at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Military School of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music. He was a frequent broadcaster, both as a player and a presenter, and made many recordings of solo works and with orchestras and smaller ensembles.


Introduction by Yehudi Menuhin
Preface by Jack Brymer
1. The Clarinet Today
2. Historyand Development
3. Acoustic Characteristics
4. The Practical Clarinettist
5. The Artistic Approach
6. Teaching the Clarinet
The Clarinet Repertoire


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