Bass-clarinet Playing 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
106BKR3 Z 1 1T Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Jiří HLAVÁČ, Jan MACH, Vlastimil MAREŠ

Name of lecturer(s)

Jiří HLAVÁČ, Jan MACH, Vlastimil MAREŠ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course gradually provides the student with all skills and knowledge needed for playing the bass clarinet. The course is oriented towards orchestra literature, predominantly alto bass clarinet parts. Emphasis is place on solo literature with piano or other chamber groups. Considering that student playing skills may vary greatly, individual instruction paths are taken. Also, the view of the student as to why they wish to play the bass clarinet is decisive for the course method. The bass clarinet is ostensibly used in symphonic and opera. This course practices the most important solos in orchestra literature.

Mode of study

On-going participation in symphony and opera orchestra auditions.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Instrument skills at the level corresponding to the study year and student profile.

Course contents

The bass clarinet is part of many music groups. This instrument is extensively used in orchestras, as a solo instrument and other music genres. This course gradually provides students with all the skills and knowledge needed in playing the bass clarinet. This course focuses on orchestra literature, primarily bass clarinet solos. Most clarinetists select the alto flute for its use in orchestras. The bass clarinet is quite prominent in symphonic aand opera works. Therefore, great space is given to orchestra literature. Even for those not interested in orchestra playing, there is a presentation of individual orchestra parts but also instruction in solo literature, literature with piano accompaniment or other chamber groups is prepared. Considering differences in the students ability in playing the bass clarinet can be quite diverse, individual paths of instruction are chosen. The reason the students wish to play the Bass clarinet is also decisive for the course methodology.

Recommended or required reading

Porter, N. / Weber, F. : Tunes for bass clarinet technic level 1 (Vert) (89 petits airs)

Porter, N. / Weber, F : Tunes tor bass clarinet technic level 2 (Rouge) (76 petits airs)

Reddie, Bill: 8 Etudes for bass clarinet

Rolin, E.: Arcades (dI. basse)

Sciortino, P.: Sillons (Cl. basse seule)

Sciortino, Patrice: Le semainier, pour cl. basse

Spaarnay, H.: Dunelandscape (Cl. basse solo)

Steftens, Walter: Rose Quest (1970) cl. ou cl. basse seule

Boni, Pietro (VoXman): Largo 8 allegro (ca. 1714, Arr. Cl. basse 8 pno)

Chopin (Davis, S.) : Etude op.25!7 (Cl. basse 8 pno)

Glinka (Shuman, D. ): Romance melody (Cl. basse 8 pno)

Haderman, Jan: Spotlights on the bassclarinet (+ Pna)

Haendel (Barr, R.): Sarabande (Cl. basse S pna)

Haendel (Dishinger, R): Bourree (Cl. basse S pna, Grade 2 1/2)

Vorlova, Sláva: Miniatury pro basklariner a klavír

Heim, Norman : Prague trio

Parš, Arnošt : Les Fleurs

Teml, Jiří Hommage a Maigret

Vorlová Sláva : Droleries basclarinettique

Orchaestra parts

Drapkin, M. : Symphonic repertoire tor the bass cl.(20 comp. De berg a verdi).

Giampieri: Passi diftícile e a solo vol.1 (Cl 8 cl. Basse) (Passages dífficiles d'operas et symphonies)

Giampieri : Passi difticili e a solo vol.2 (Cl 8 cl. Basse) (Passages difticiles d'operas et symphonies)

Strauss, R. (Bartholomey): Orchesterstudien heft 3 (D-,Es-,Bass-Klar.) Macbeth, Zarathustra.

Wagner (Hinze): Orchestral eXcerpts (Cl 8 bass cl.)

Etlík Milan: Orchestrální studie I. a II.

Kratochvíl, Jiří: Orchestrální studie

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation of instrument and orchestra playing, completion of the established repertoire, AKS verification, all concluded with the award of credit.

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Instructors manage the alternation of individual orchestra parts according to composer notes.

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