Clarinet music recommendations
July 16, 2005 7:23 PM Subscribe
I love the sound of the clarinet. I'm looking for quiet, pensive, possibly melancholic music featuring this instrument. Any genre; preferably instrumental. I'm not looking for happy big-band jazz or Poulenc's chaotic clarinet sonata, though I appreciate both.
posted by gentle to media & arts (28 answers total)
Some of my favourite works are Ralph Vaughan Williams' Six Studies in English Folksong
, Brahms' Sonata in F minor
and Evan Lurie's soundtrack
for the film Joe Gould's Secret
. I love June Tabor
, who occasionally include the clarinet in their songs -- Hem's A-Hunting We Will Go
is magnificent. (The instrument seems to go particular well with piano.) It's not a requirement that the clarinet be a solo instrument or even be constantly present.
Bonus points for suggesting quiet, warm, nostalgic music similar to the above that doesn't necessarily include the clarinet, but which you could perhaps play a clarinet to. (Tin Hat Trio
is a good example.) In general, anything above the noise level of brushed drums is out of the question; we're talking music to enjoy while sipping wine in front of the fireplace.
Above links are directly to Amazon pages featuring excerpts, for easy sampling.