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Masters of the Clarinet, 1892-1920

Audio Samples

>Thornton, E.S. : Air varie no 2 for clarinet & piano
>Kiralfy, Bolossy : Mathias Sandorf
>     Ballet Music
>     Ballet Music
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>     [Excerpt]
>     Miserere
>Anonymous : Clarinet Polka
>Nevin, Ethelbert : Narcissus, Op. 13/4
>Norrita, Joseph : Andante for clarinet
>Stengler, August : Les Alsachiennes, bolero for clarinet
>Stengler, August : Echoes from Ireland, for clarinet (based on 2 Irish folk melodies)
>Foster, Stephen : Swanee River
>McNeice, George : The Two Volunteers, for 2 clarinets
>Titl, Anton Emil : Serenade for 2 clarinets
>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
>Thornton, E.S. : Comin' Thro' the Rye, variations for clarinet & piano
>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Little Nell
>Bassi, Luigi : Rigoletto Fantasia di Concerto
>     Cara Nome
>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland
>Carey, Henry : Sally in Our Alley, two versions
>Hanby, Benjamin R. : Darling Nelly Gray
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>     Gavotte
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Robert le Diable
>     Cavatina
>Foster, Stephen : Uncle Ned
>Balfe, Michael : The Bohemian Girl
>     Heart Bowed Down
>Moore, Thomas : The Minstrel-Boy
>Kling, Henri : Two Little Bullfinches, polka for 2 clarinets
>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Padilla
>     [Excerpt]
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Il Convegno
>     Divertimento
>Lovreglio, Donato : Fantasia on themes from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, for clarinet & piano

Album Summary

>Thornton, E.S. : Air varie no 2 for clarinet & piano
>Kiralfy, Bolossy : Mathias Sandorf
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Anonymous : Clarinet Polka
>Nevin, Ethelbert : Narcissus, Op. 13/4
>Norrita, Joseph : Andante for clarinet
>Stengler, August : Les Alsachiennes, bolero for clarinet
>Stengler, August : Echoes from Ireland, for clarinet (based on 2 Irish folk melodies)
>Foster, Stephen : Swanee River
>McNeice, George : The Two Volunteers, for 2 clarinets
>Titl, Anton Emil : Serenade for 2 clarinets
>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
>Thornton, E.S. : Comin' Thro' the Rye, variations for clarinet & piano
>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Little Nell
>Bassi, Luigi : Rigoletto Fantasia di Concerto
>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland
>Carey, Henry : Sally in Our Alley, two versions
>Hanby, Benjamin R. : Darling Nelly Gray
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Robert le Diable
>Foster, Stephen : Uncle Ned
>Balfe, Michael : The Bohemian Girl
>Moore, Thomas : The Minstrel-Boy
>Kling, Henri : Two Little Bullfinches, polka for 2 clarinets
>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Padilla
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Il Convegno
>Lovreglio, Donato : Fantasia on themes from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, for clarinet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The clarinet became a favorite solo instrument in the infant recording industry because of its pleasing tone and relative ease of reproduction. Many clarinet "masters" were simply journeymen musicians in local bands. Indispensable links to the popular emergence of this seminal instrument, the recordings presented here go all the way back to Edison's laboratory in 1892 with R.K. Franklin, continue with Berliner's disc recordings of the inimitable August Stengler and show the phonograph's full power and balanced sound on cylinders by the most recorded clarinetist of the period, William Tuson.



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Works Details

>Thornton, E.S. : Air varié no 2 for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: R.K. Franklin (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Kiralfy, Bolossy : Mathias Sandorf :: Ballet Music
  • Performer: R.K. Franklin (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1888

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: [Excerpt]
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Anonymous : Clarinet Polka
  • Performer: F. Jardella (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.

>Nevin, Ethelbert : Narcissus, Op. 13/4
  • Performer: F. Jardella (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Miserere
  • Performer: F. Jardella (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Norrita, Joseph : Andante for clarinet
  • Performer: Joseph Norrita (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.

>Stengler, August : Les Alsachiennes, bolero for clarinet
  • Performer: August Stengler (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.

>Stengler, August : Echoes from Ireland, for clarinet (based on 2 Irish folk melodies)
  • Performer: August Stengler (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.

>Foster, Stephen : Swanee River
  • Performer: August Stengler (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>McNeice, George : The Two Volunteers, for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: George McNeice (Clarinet); August Stengler (Clarinet)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with August Stengler.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.

>Titl, Anton Emil : Serenade for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: George McNeice (Clarinet); August Stengler (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Foster, Stephen : My Old Kentucky Home, for voice & piano
  • Performer: George McNeice (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1853

>Thornton, E.S. : Comin' Thro' the Rye, variations for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: George McNeice (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Little Nell
  • Performer: George McNeice (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bassi, Luigi : Rigoletto Fantasia di Concerto :: Cara Nome
  • Performer: T. Pusinelli (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Thornton, E.S. : Comin' Thro' the Rye, variations for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: T. Pusinelli (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Pryor, Arthur [Trombone] : Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland
  • Performer: T. Pusinelli (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Carey, Henry : Sally in Our Alley, two versions
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hanby, Benjamin R. : Darling Nelly Gray
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Gavotte
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Robert le Diable :: Cavatina
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Foster, Stephen : Uncle Ned
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Balfe, Michael : The Bohemian Girl :: Heart Bowed Down
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1843.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Kiralfy, Bolossy : Mathias Sandorf :: Ballet Music
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1888

>Moore, Thomas : The Minstrel-Boy
  • Performer: William Tuson (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Kling, Henri : Two Little Bullfinches, polka for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: William Tuson (Clarinet); Georges Rubel (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Thornton, E.S. : Comin' Thro' the Rye, variations for clarinet & piano
  • Performer: Louis Christie (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Traditional, Scottish : The Bluebells of Scotland
  • Performer: Louis Christie (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Padilla :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Anthony Giammatteo (Clarinet); Julius Spindler (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Il Convegno :: Divertimento
  • Performers: Frederick Brissett (Clarinet); Anthony Giammatteo (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Lovreglio, Donato : Fantasia on themes from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Pietro Caso (Flute); Anthony Giammatteo (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic