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Hey guys, I'm curious to know which piece (singular, not plural!!!) do you find the most challenging?
 

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I'm sure I'll change my mind two minutes after I post this but here goes...

Klonos by Piet Swerts - this was killing my fingers tonight - and the second mvt of the Ibert Concertino for musical issues (also a problem this evening)

I either need to practice more or less-I'm not sure.
 
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Mary had a little lamb. That friggin lamb is always screwin me up ! :x
 

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Im glad your fingers hurt. Thats what you get for stealing KLONOS out from under my nose in Brussels! :)

I hav been working the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas, and these are killing me. Not the most technically difficult, but the music!! The MUSIC!!!!! Hard.

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Steve P said:
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Im glad your fingers hurt. Thats what you get for stealing KLONOS out from under my nose in Brussels! :)

I hav been working the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas, and these are killing me. Not the most technically difficult, but the music!! The MUSIC!!!!! Hard.

Steve P
Hard, but definitely worth it.;)
 

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well, for me, one of the most challenging things that I tried to do was to learn and play the 1st bach cello suite on sax... it's a great technical exercise with the huge intervals, and, there is nowhere to breath. :D

but what I never expected was that I would later use "licks" from it in my jazz playing. :shock: this one chromatic run with huge interval leaps in the piece taught me how to do things I never thought to do before, or I could do part of it but never technically mastered going between certain notes, so after doing that bach piece I am better off in my jazz playing.
 

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I'd say balance wise in the midst of an entire ensemble, it's Drammatico or They Hung Their Harps by the Willows. INTENSE pieces =].
 

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the hardest piece I've seen is through a Glass Darkly by Hans Kox. It is technically difficult with lots of altissimo going up to a high "A" above fourth ledger line "A" with much of the altissimo moving around quickly. Very difficult.

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I haven't seen it, but I imagine the saxophone arrangement of Boulez's 'Dialogue de l´ombre double' is fairly taxing.
 

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The Canzone for solo clarinet by Tristan Keuris that John-Edward Kelly recorded. I performed this work a few months back and not only is very demanding on one's technique, but the musical demands are very taxing. It takes a lot to make sense out of something that at first glance (or hearing) doesn't make much sense.
 

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Hey Brian, would you happen to know why JEK recorded it half a step up from what's written though? I think it was half a step up, I forgot.
 

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NeilMcG said:
I haven't seen it, but I imagine the saxophone arrangement of Boulez's 'Dialogue de l´ombre double' is fairly taxing.
You know, I tend to agree. I haven't seen this one either, but after repeatedly watching the video of V. David playing this effortlessly at WSC XIV, this sounds really really difficult. And considering V. David's virtual perfection in his recordings of other insanely difficult works with which I'm much more familiar, I wouldn't doubt that this one was right on the money too.

Or maybe it's because we're both from Birmingham....

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Hey Brian, would you happen to know why JEK recorded it half a step up from what's written though? I think it was half a step up, I forgot.
It's a whole step up, I think. I need to check that, though. As far as I know, Kelly preferred the lighter color that resulted from taking the piece up. After performing/studying it, I can honestly say that it is more idiomatic for the clarinet.
 

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I dont think there is an arrangement, so to speak, of the Boulez. I could be wrong, but I thought that V.David, and Michael Ibrahim both did the arrangement themselves...

Can anyone clarify?
Steve P
 
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