Contrabass Clarinet and Houvenaghel’s Organ, integrating a new member into my clarinet family
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The written part of the critical reflection, May 15. 2015 In october 2011 I started a project that was then called ”Contrabass Clarinet”. I wanted to become a contrabass clarinettist and expand knowledge and interest around the contrabass clarinet. Being aware that I didn’t quit playing the smaller clarinets, I also wanted to become a ”whole clarinettist with many main instruments”. In this text I comment on my work with my two main research questions and the two main formats in the project: The Studies and the Interpretation Experiments. I explain how the project has changed from the first revised project outline. Some of the things I write are obvious to clarinettists and the text is not as elaborate as the text in the orchestral excerpts book. It is written quite fast in the four weeks after my final concert and it has not been translated by professionals. The main part of the insight and knowledge generated in my project, is found in the Studies and Interpretation Experiments. This written part of my critical reflection is an attempt to verbalize some of this insight and my experiences when trying to become a contrabass clarinettist and a ”whole clarinettist with many main instruments”. It is in five parts: 1. Comments on my first research question. ”How can I contribute to expanding knowledge and interest, nationally and internationally, around the contrabass clarinet?” 2. Comments on my second research question. ”How will my work with the contrabass clarinet influence and enhance my identity as a clarinetist?” 3. Comments on the Studies for Houvenaghel’s Organ 4. Comments on the Interpretation Experiments. 5. Project outline 2012, with my comments in may 2015. My critical reflection is presented as: -The Sudies for Houvenaghel’s Organ on the website. -The Interpretation Experiments on the website. -The publication: Contrabass Clarinet, Orchestral excerpts and a brief history. -The written part of the critical reflection.Two of the project’s main results are the CD recording Houvenagel’s Organ. - Recorded at Studio Nordheim, NOTAM, October 2014 – February 2015. [Label LabLabel] and the book "Contrabass Clarinet. Orchestral excerpts for contrabass clarinet. - ISBN 978-82-7853-201-0
Critical Reflection - The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme - The Norwegian Academy of Music. 2011-2015 Contrabass Clarinet and Houvenaghel´s Organ, integrating a new member into my clarinet family. Kontrabassklarinetten er temaet i Rolf Borchs stipendiatprosjekt, der han har vært opptatt av både instrumentet og utøveren. Om prosjektet: I prosjektet har Borch utforsket kontrabassklarinetten og bestilt og fremført nye verker. Blant de nye verkene er "Smilodon" av Lene Grenager og "Shimmer" av Knut Vaage. I motsetning til en del andre klarinettister spiller Borch alle klarinettinstrumenter, og han har derfor ønsket å skape en ny bevissthet om "den hele klarinettisten", som har mange hovedinstrumenter. I prosjektet begrenser han dette til fire klarinetter: Eb-, Bb-, bass- og kontrabassklarinetten. Disse har han utforsket og gjort eksperimenter med for å se på sin egen rolle som utøver.