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The Clarinet in the Attic: 20 Short Recital and Study Pieces for the Intermediate Player.

The Clarinet in the Attic: 20 Short Recital and Study Pieces for the Intermediate Player, by John Walker, with solo clarinet part edited by Michael Walsh. Carl Fischer, 2015. www.presser.com; 28 pp., $16.99.

I am always thrilled when I discover meaningful and significant additions to clarinet repertoire. This collection of new recital works, The Clarinet in the Attic: 20 Short Recital and Study Pieces for the Intermediate Player is just that. John Walker, professor of music and pianist at South Dakota State University has not only composed these wonderful works but also provides a CD with the accompaniments performed by him. The collection is published as the solo clarinet book with a CD that includes in addition to the recording of the piano parts, the PDF files of the piano accompaniments.

The clarinet part, masterfully and clearly edited by Michael Walsh, assistant professor of clarinet at South Dakota State University, provides in many cases appropriate fingering suggestions and breath marks.

The collection is arranged in order of difficulty. The first entry, "Rose Colored Glasses" is in the key of C major with an appropriate range for the newly intermediate clarinetist; from a3 to c6. It crosses the break in several places as would be pedagogically sound for this level of student. The last work, "Is It Morning?" is an unaccompanied solo that begins with a section marked "freely" and progresses through several tempo changes. I am very glad to see a work for solo clarinet that is a musically inspiring and technically appropriate work for the intermediate student. This has been a significant void in the current clarinet repertoire.

This collection has a great variety of tempi, moods, tonalities, meters and rhythmic complexities and would definitely have great appeal to the intermediate clarinet.--Reviewed by Julia Heinen, NCTM, California State University, Northridge

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Author:Heinen, Julia
Publication:American Music Teacher
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Date:Aug 1, 2015
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