Clarinet Crossing

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Since the clarinet made its debut in the early 18th century, composers and musicians from Mozart to Evan Ziporyn have given special attention to it, showing off the instrument's soulful and evocative voice. Woody Allen is even willing to turn down an invitation to the Oscars if he has a gig playing his clarinet.

This week, Terrance takes us through the life of the clarinet and the people who have helped make it a pioneering and cross-cultural instrument. From Balkan folk music, klezmer and jazz to Brahms, Corigliano and beyond, heart-wrenching melodies have been written for the clarinet. Tune in for Terrance's favorite clarinet picks.


Don Byron
Don Byron, clarinet
Uri Caine, piano
WNYC Archives

Blues in Thirds
Earl Hines
Sidney Bechet, clarinet
Earl Hines, piano
Warren "Baby" Dodds, drums
EJD Records 1612

Sing Sing Sing
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Various Artists
Legacy 65143

Klezmer a la Bechet
David Krakauer
David Krakauer, clarinet
Mark Stewart, electric guitar
Ted Reichman, accordion
Pablo Aslan, bass
Nicky Parrott, bass
Label Bleu 6617

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
John Corigliano
Stanley Drucker, clarinet
Zubin Mehta, conductor
New York Philharmonic
New World 309

Mozart Clarinet Concerto, excerpt

Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622: II. Adagio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Peter Schmidl, clarinet
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 429221

Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
Igor Stravinsky
Sabine Meyer, clarinet
Philips 434039

Beethoven Septet in E-Flat, excerpt

Septet in E-Flat, Op. 20: Andante con moto alla marcia- Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Melos Ensemble of London
Angel/EMI 69755

Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
David Golub, piano
David Shifrin, clarinet
Colin Carr, cello
Arabesque 6608

Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Aram Khachaturian
Zodiac Trio
Emeritus 20072

Quartet for the End of Time: Liturgy of crystal
Olivier Messiaen
Peter Serkin, piano
Ida Kavafian, violin
Fred Sherry, cello
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
RCA 7835

Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets
Gavin Bryars
Roger Heaton, clarinet
Clarinet Classics 0009

Aries Tropicales: Habanera
Paquito D'Rivera
Imani Winds
Koch 7599

New York Counterpoint
Steve Reich
Evan Ziporyn, clarinets
Nonesuch 79481

Itia (Tsamikos Dance)
Vasilis Soukas
Vasilis Soukas, clarinet
Various Artists
Musical Ark