2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

The History of Famous Clarinetists and Competition Pieces of the Solo de Concours
Shino Saito♦
Dr. Jesse D. Krebs, Faculty Mentor

The famous Solo de Concours competition consists of students memorizing the required solo and attempting to win a Premier Prix (First Prize) within a time period of five years or before turning the maximum age limit at the Paris National Conservatory. In many cases, composers were commissioned to write pieces specifically for the competition. My presentation will explore the history behind the annual clarinet Solo de Concours competition. I will discuss the famous winners and the solos they played, including Widor's "Introduction et Rondo," Gaubert's "Fantaisie," and Tomasi's "Concerto for Clarinet." I will also discuss some of the similarities of the contest pieces and perform excerpts of them on my clarinet.

Keywords: clarinet, Solo de Concours, Paris Conservatory, Widor, Gaubert, Tomasi, history, winners


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 52-1
Location: OP 1393 (Performance Hall)
Time: 2:45 pm

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