Clarinet Repertoire Database for College Teachers

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For many years, I have wanted to adapt my dissertation into a useful resource for clarinet teachers and students. This weekend it finally happened. When I wrote my dissertation, my project was to create a software database of clarinet repertoire, organized by genre, period, and difficulty. At the time, I chose to write the program in RealBasic, because I could compile a piece of software that could be used on Mac and Windows. Over time, technologies change and companies come and go. RealBasic, in the version and incarnation that I used has now changed to the point that I cannot go back and update my program. Also, Apple has moved to Intel processors and no longer support PowerPC applications. For these reasons I have chosen to adapt my research into this website. The Repertoire section is now the home for my dissertation, "A Clarinet Repertoire Database for College Teachers."

First-year clarinet professors should have a command of the major works in the standard clarinet repertoire. During their undergraduate work they will have studied and performed pieces such as the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Poulenc Sonata, and Fantasiestücke by Schumann. As they move into graduate school and their techniques become more advanced, however, it is common for clarinetists to focus on twentieth- century works that demand extended techniques. This focus on modern music during final years of schooling leaves little time to study the vast repertoire of works that suit younger students. A gap is thus created between literature with which the new professor is most familiar and that which is most suited to undergraduate clarinet majors. Designed to bridge that gap, this research project results in a database that comprises all literature found in the personal libraries of two leading clarinet pedagogues, Robert Spring of Arizona State University and Howard Klug of Indiana University. The database will also assist new professors in finding unfamiliar works, which will be useful in teaching college students.

In utilizing the personal libraries of Spring and Klug, I hoped to access a large percentage of the most current and best-regarded music for the undergraduate clarinetist. I chose the libraries of these two professors due to their unique styles of teaching and their reputations in the clarinet world. Each has extensive performance and teaching credentials, as well as very different styles of performing. I have conducted a personal interview with each professor, which centered on pedagogical issues. The transcripts for these interviews are provided.

The database currently contains over 1000 pieces. As time goes on, it becomes more out of date with each passing year. I encourage clarinetists to contribute to this project by submitting new pieces using the supplied form.