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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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Jack Brymer is survived by his wife and his son Timothy. Cassandra Ray marked it as to-read Jul 14, I would wait with bated breath for his solos to begin.

Jack Brymer – Wikipedia

He published two volumes of memoirs and a book about the clarinet. His extreme fitness may have contributed significantly to his exceptional tone-quality. He also made some recordings on other instruments, such as the saxophone. I studied with Colin Bradbury at the RCM — another wide bore player — and I wonder whether this “ideal” tone to which I aspire claribet a hrymer result of early brain programming in my youth. Inon the recommendation of professional musicians who had played with Brymer during wartime military service, Sir Thomas Beecham invited him to audition as principal clarinetist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to succeed Reginald Kell.

He use to say there clarrinet many technicians but very few musicians — so true. Bernardo Carvalho rated it really liked it Mar 10, He remained with the orchestra untiltwo years after Beecham’s death. Radimir Shevchenko marked it as to-read Jul 22, The Times said of Brymer in this period, “After his appointment bryner the RPO inthe balding, affable Brymer was certainly Great Britain’s pre-eminent clarinettist, … whose mellifluous playing style and unruffled platform manner charmed even those usually impervious to classical music.


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Charlea marked it as to-read Jun 23, I wonder whether “flabbiness” is necessarily a bad thing? No problem David, it’s a pleasure and great to read the postings……. Matt Estabrook rated it really liked it Aug 17, He relished the humorous moments thrown up by musical life, as once when he was late for a concert and hailed a taxi driver.

Brymer made a number of commercial recordings, including three of Mozart’s clarinet concerto.

However, this work remains an excellent resource and is a MUST have for any serious clarinet enthusiast; whether you are student, an amateur or a professional claarinet. Goossens’ colleague Reginald Kell then took the idea on board, though Brymer told me he was playing the clarinet with vibrato before Kell.

Jck became my inspiration to play. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Brymer was unusual in that he came from the world of amateur music and jazz, and brought to his orchestral playing a particularly warm and flexible tone. Because of that, he always will be to an extent.

Billy marked it as to-read May 05, A great book for every clarinettist. They are luxuriating in some of the most beautiful music ever written; they refuse to drive it.

Jack Brymer

In order to progress to mastery of the clarinet the ve This is a thorough book on the clarinet from a world class player and expert on the instrument. And while I could accept the argument of a player who criticises and says “I choose not to play like that”, my counter-question would be “but could you really do it if you wanted to?

I do wish there was far more variation in clarinet tone these days.

It’s a disgrace it’s never been on CD. Gabi Keve marked it as to-read Sep 16, Brymer wrote two books, hosted radio programs, and served as a professor at several top British music schools, including the Royal Military School of Music. This is the third post in the series “Tone Talk”, samples and commentary on various clarinet tones from around the world.


Scott Kurtzweil rated it really liked it Jan 14, Peter Sam rated it it was amazing May 13, The ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument. In his later years, Brymer broadened his musical activities, describing himself as a “soloist, chamber music player, teacher, orchestral player, broadcaster, quizzer, lecturer, disc jockey, jazz fan, saxophone quartet leader, transport organiser and map-reader, agent, accountant and tax-gatherer for HM government”.

In order to progress to mastery of the clarinet the very quirks and compromises that are inherent in its design must be mitigated throughout the registers. Onur Engin marked it as to-read Dec 11, He also began to play more often in chamber music. I guess he was one of the early adopters of Buffet in the UK. However, I’ll make an exception for his Copland concerto, which is the best I know in terms of sound and excitement.

He recorded all the wind music of Mozart, including the Clarinet Concerto three times. Liz Campos-furber rated it really liked it Aug 13, But we’re talking sound ideals, and I would still contend that when you hear the sound that Brymer produced when working at his best, you have a realized tonal concept that is hard impossible? Views Read Edit View history.