The seven clarinet recital

7 clarinet recital Bayridge flyer

Yesterday, I went to Strasburg and had a coffee with Armand Angster, my former clarinet teacher. He is an expert at many clarinets, including bass and contrabass. The first instrument I learnt with him, after Bb clarinet, was the basset-horn, to play a Pascal Dusapin work during Festival Musica in 2000.

Last year, I put together a recital program both artistically engaging and pedagogically interesting. I played it twice:

  - Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center, Boston, February 24th, 2007
  - Harvard University Hall, Cambridge, March 1st, 2007


  • Suite / Ed, Armand Angster - bass clarinet
  • Petite Fleur, Sydney Bechet (1897-1959) - Bb clarinet
  • Sieben Lieder der Tage, Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) - basset-horn
  • Episodes, Gunther Schuller (1925-) - Bb clarinet
  • Clarinet Quintet - Larghetto, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - A clarinet
  • Lina, Jean-François Charles - contrabass clarinet
  • God bless the child, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) and Arthur Herzog Jr. (?-1983), arr. Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) - bass clarinet
  • Improvisation - electronic wind instrument (Yamaha WX5 + VL70-m synthesizer)
  • Aulodie, François-Bernard Mâche (1935-) - piccolo Eb clarinet
contrabass clarinet Jean-Francois Charles

On this picture (Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office), you can see the seven clarinets (see also this article in the Harvard Gazette).

Keep in touch with Armand Angster and his Ensemble Accroche Note. They have plenty of concerts coming.


  1. I bet the contra bass has an amazing rich sound.

  2. Yes, it has! I posted recently a video with Bb clarinet multiphonics, but check the last example : you'll hear and watch the sonogram of a single contrabass clarinet low note: the spectrum is incredibly rich! (Link is in my blog post from May 4, 2011.)


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