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    Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    The "Rhapsody" for clarinet was composed by Willson Osborne. Originally composed as a work for solo bassoon (accepella), it soon became the most widely performed work of its kind. It was eventually transcribed for solo clarinet as it is rendered here by the GPO solo clarinet. This work is continuously changing throughout, a new meter practically every measure. Thus providing an extremely challanging and interpretive work for the musician.

    www.garybricault.com/specialmusic/RhapsodyForClarinet.mp3

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    P.S. For those who are interested I also rendered it for bassoon in its original bass cleff interval;

    www.garybricault.com/specialmusic/RhapsodyForBassoon.mp3

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Very nice Gary.
    There is such an opportunity for teachers to illustrate many
    qualities of playing by using this type of presentation.
    Teachers, in the midst of teaching embrouchure, fingerings, articulation,
    rhythm, etc. forget how important it is for students to hear how
    an instrument should sound.
    In my last few years of teaching band I used Finale to write
    parts out and play them for the Band so they could hear proper
    accents; staccato, slurring, etc.
    The GPO wasn't around then to give the life-like sound.
    Imagine how much better a student working on this piece could
    progress after hearing this performance.
    Good work Gary

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Lovely piece Gary,

    Thanks indeed for presenting this here, I can fully understand the helpfulness of such work in teaching.

    Kind Regards

    Ray

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Quote Originally Posted by garymosse
    Very nice Gary.
    There is such an opportunity for teachers to illustrate many
    qualities of playing by using this type of presentation.
    Teachers, in the midst of teaching embrouchure, fingerings, articulation,
    rhythm, etc. forget how important it is for students to hear how
    an instrument should sound.
    In my last few years of teaching band I used Finale to write
    parts out and play them for the Band so they could hear proper
    accents; staccato, slurring, etc.
    The GPO wasn't around then to give the life-like sound.
    Imagine how much better a student working on this piece could
    progress after hearing this performance.
    Good work Gary
    Gary,

    You are correct in what you in using works like this as teaching tools. The Rhapsody is on the NYSMA list of audtion piece and it makes an excellent work to study and perform. Even with the requirements for correctly performing the markings, there is much room for the musician to provide their own interpretation. And being an accepella solo they are completely exposed during the performance.

    This work also provides an excellent opportunity to show off the quality of the GPO solo clarinet. It is so sensitive and vertisal. It is difficult to imagine that it is a sampled sound instrument when it is unable to be hidden behind another accompaning instrument.

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Quote Originally Posted by rayzalaf
    Lovely piece Gary,

    Thanks indeed for presenting this here, I can fully understand the helpfulness of such work in teaching.

    Kind Regards

    Ray
    Ray,

    Thanks for your comments. It is true that such a piece really calls on the musician to be at their best and maintain discipline throughout. And they can really show off their skill and the beautiful sounds the instrument can produce.

    Gary

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    A pretty solo piece.

    I remember in HS band that the clarinets were overall the weakest musicians, relying on a few to play decently while the others would display an embarrassing lack of basic intonation when asked to solo.

    Here is something to strive for at least.

    Phil

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    This is an excellent accompanied work! I have never heard this before. The only unaccompanied work for clarinet that I knew of is te Stravinsky "Three Pieces" which I performed in college. The GPO clarinet is really a fine sounding instrument that you control well! The tone quality is dark and full (a quality that I like )

    Good job again, Gary!
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    Gary,

    Very nice piece - it seems that it is only known to clarinetists? Too bad, as it is very beautiful. The fact that it is also of pedagogical value makes it that much more interesting. Great realization; it's a cliche, but you really make that thing sing!

    Thanks for posting this.
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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Quote Originally Posted by fastlane
    A pretty solo piece.

    I remember in HS band that the clarinets were overall the weakest musicians, relying on a few to play decently while the others would display an embarrassing lack of basic intonation when asked to solo.

    Here is something to strive for at least.

    Phil
    Phil,

    I know what you mean. The best bands I played the sections worked together. It really made a difference.

    Gary

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    Re: Rhapsody for Clarinet - Osborne

    Quote Originally Posted by RichR
    This is an excellent accompanied work! I have never heard this before. The only unaccompanied work for clarinet that I knew of is te Stravinsky "Three Pieces" which I performed in college. The GPO clarinet is really a fine sounding instrument that you control well! The tone quality is dark and full (a quality that I like )

    Good job again, Gary!
    Rich,
    Thanks for your comments. This work was also unknown to me until my daughter's private teacher assigned it to be her audition piece for Solofest. The work was originally composed as a unaccompanied bassoon solo. An excellent treatment on the original work can be found at;

    http://idrs.colorado.edu/Publication...l.Osborne.html

    and also

    http://www.idrs.org/www.idrs/publica...1/osborne.html

    I am gratful that it was transcribed also for clarinet around 1958.

    The GPO solo clarinet provides a wonderful sound, the dark and haunting sound found in many of passages there. And it is so sensitive to the marking as to provide the expressive quality that fits the piece so well.

    Gary

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