The son of a builder, Jack Brymer started his working life as teacher. made a number of commercial recordings, including three of Mozart’s clarinet concerto. Informational, witty, and blunt, Jack Brymer’s “Clarinet” is a necessary read for all clarinetists. I personally guarantee that as you read this book as you practice. Widely considered the dean of British clarinetists up to his death in , Jack Brymer once said that “the ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the .

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I will be doing some research on how clarinetists voice, which should help many players decide how they want to shape their sound and how to do it.

Cecilie Berland rated it it was amazing Jan 21, The ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument. One of the players that most certainly didn’t sound good to my ear in terms of tone was Gervase de Peyer — do you remember him?

They must have talked about his playing – though nobody ever admitted to it – because one day in July there was a surprise telephone call from Beecham requesting that Brymer audition the next day for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

And Janet Hilton’s Chandos recording of the Bliss quintet is some of the best playing I’ve ever heard, without qualification. He held professorships during most of the period from tofirst at the Royal Academy of Musicthen at the Royal Military School of Musicand finally at the Guildhall School of Music. Brymer’s tone has always impressed me. Genre Classical Easy Listening. In using it, he was copying Fritz Kreisler, who according to Carl Flesch had been the first violinist to play with continuous vibrato.


Among his principal players were Kell and Brain. However, I’ll make an exception for his Copland concerto, which is the best I know in terms of sound and excitement.

Clarinet Tone Talk: Jack Brymer, English master clarinetist

I don’t know how to interpret the “belly” term exactly, but I would accept that Brymer didn’t always live up to his own standards: Jack Brymer took the London postwar musical scene by storm. Image Credit Kevin Geary Portraits.

He also began to play more often in chamber music.

Ashley rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Open Preview See a Problem? Neil marked it as to-read Jun 29, So interesting to read this discussion on Jack Brymer. In earlier years, he played Saxophone and Clarinet in Dance Bands.

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His professional career started when Sir Thomas Beecham appointed him principal clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, clarimet it went on to include extensive concerto, chamber music and recital work. He is a very hard if not impossible act to follow and will always remain my top favourite. I agree that Brymer probably achieved clrinet ideal tone in some of his recordings. He first began to play on his father’s clarinet as an inquisitive four-year-old, and went on to make his own discoveries of music and instrumental technique without formal tuition.

Charlea marked it as to-read Jun 23, Gustavo Villegas marked it as to-read Nov 07, He also made some recordings on other instruments, such as the saxophone. For any serious clarinet player, this book is an absolute must. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Introspection Late Night Partying. This meant that when he finally acquired a good pair of instruments, after some 13 years of playing, he had already mastered many of the problems that he might encounter later.

Some recordings may exist of broadcast performances which were not issued on commercial labels. Rachel Wilensky marked it as to-read Nov 16, Thanks for your input, John. Apr 14, Seymour rated it really liked it Shelves: I’d also try the opening of the Eflat serenade if you can ignore the pungent oboe playing.


Of the English clarinetists that I know of I believe he is my favorite. As you say, an excellent teacher. Jack Brymer, who has died aged 88, was one of the finest clarinettists of the past half-century. Jose Antonio marked it as to-read Jun 27, He played many concertos and solo pieces with orchestra, including the concertos by Weber and Gerald Finzi which he never recorded commerciallyand also chamber music including the quintets by Mozart and Brahms, though he did not make recordings of all his repertoire.

Paperbackpages. In the classical chamber repertory, Brymer was associated with several groups. Vibrato was by no means all, though.

Lists with This Book. Through this connection, I was thrilled at the age of 16 to have a letter from the great Jack Brymer.

Jack was far from flawless technically but, in my opinion had the ‘sound. When I returned to playing a couple of years ago, I did contemplate a wide bore instrument but ended up with a pair of RC prestiges. Jack Brymer has the purest, most beautiful tone you will ever hear from a clarinet — never boxy, reedy, woody. A significant feature of his style of playing was his use of vibrato, and he is considered to be one of the first clarinet players to use this systematically. Having heard him play, Beecham appointed him to succeed Kell.