The August Winds’ clarinetist, Marianne Shifrin, leads a busy life as a member of both the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the Greeley Philharmonic.
Why did you pick the clarinet?
I picked the clarinet for two reasons: I had an older friend who played the clarinet, and I was fascinated by how all the different pieces of the instrument went together and came apart. Also, I missed the “learn about all the different instruments” day in 5th grade, and so I was not familiar with most of them, and definitely didn’t know how they all sounded. My brother played the trombone, so I wanted to be different and not play a brass instrument. The only instruments that were left (that I had any idea about) were the clarinet and the flute. It seemed like all the girls wanted to play the flute, so therefore, again wanting to be different, I picked the clarinet. Even though I now love the clarinet, it certainly didn’t take me long to realize that it wasn’t an unusual instrument after all! (Maybe I should have picked bassoon!)
Of the four (most common) clarinets, which do you like best and why?
Each member of the clarinet family (Bb, A, bass, and Eb) has it’s own unique character. The Eb is well know for it’s high-pitched, loud, and…Read More...