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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Aug 27, Spiros Giovanis rated it it was amazing. He also recorded other clarinet and wind ensemble music of Mozartas well as several Romantic-era concertos, but clafinet knew and performed more music than he ever recorded.

Clarinet Tone Talk: Jack Brymer, English master clarinetist

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”. That said, the only thing I would add that I noticed was that his playing over an clairnet period of weekly lessons did vary an awful lot.

There’s a Kell Mozart quintet on the pristine classical website that’s lovely and rather Brymeresque. But I think I can also now listen to him objectively. Jan 11, Dave Holcomb rated it liked it. Matt Estabrook rated it really liked it Aug 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Other Musicians Gallery Tributes. Sexy Trippy All Moods. But it was his confidence and the natural relationship he had with his instrument that encouraged me in my way. Pat Johnson rated it liked it Oct 13, Some recordings may exist of broadcast performances which were not issued on commercial labels.


I think the clarinet sound will continue to go through styles and phases, even the homogeneous international style. After his basic training he was promoted to corporal and posted to Morecambe on the north west coast of England as a physical training instructor.

He served as principal and guest principal clarinetist with many of the London orchestras and held many important teaching positions.

Jack Brymer

Vibrato, fairly new to classical wind-playing, was the most obvious and novel aspect of his style. Sorry to respond so late, Simon, but I will see if I can find out.

They are luxuriating in some of the most beautiful music ever written; they refuse to drive it. I remember he was one of the few English players I could listen to. It covers every aspect of clarinet playing and technique from a specifically nrymer orchestral and soloist point of view i.

Bernardo Carvalho rated it really liked it Mar 10, Inhe joined the RAF as a physical training instructor, doing his basic training at Uxbridge. You’ve given me lots of ideas for recordings which I’ll listen to when I’m not studying the work in question — I try and come up with my own musical ideas and not be influenced unduly.

In using it, he was copying Fritz Kreisler, who according to Carl Flesch had been the first violinist to play with continuous vibrato. Jack was far from flawless technically but, in clariet opinion had the ‘sound. To ask other readers questions about Clarinetplease clafinet up.

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All discussion here needs to be understood in that context. He published two volumes of memoirs and a book about the clarinet. 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. Probably not something I’d recommend to someone who is not interested in the instrument, or in music generally, but well-written and full of things I never knew, or had forgotten over the years. Introspection Late Night Partying.


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I don’t think I saw the Colin David recording, at least not in the mp3 section I downloaded from. Of that generation, another great name was Bernard Walton — the playing on e.

I wonder whether “flabbiness” is necessarily a bad thing? That said, I much prefer his early playing to beymer which you can hear these days.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My heroes from my schooldays were undoubtedly Jack Brymer and Gervase de Peyer — very different, but both with such a lot to offer.

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? Books by Jack Brymer.