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A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century American Clarinetists is designed as a resource to provide information on the lives and careers of American clarinetists and pedagogues of note, active primarily between the years 1900 and 2000. In the case of this dictionary, the term "American" refers not only to those born in the United States, but also to select foreign-born clarinetists who either immigrated to the United States and spent a significant portion of their career in America, and/or who made such a profound impact on the American clarinet tradition that they have been essentially "adopted" as American clarinetists. The focus of the dictionary is on classical clarinetists, but some entrants have been active in classical performance as well as "non-classical" styles of performance, such as jazz and Klezmer. Included in the dictionary are clarinetists who perform or have performed in A- or AA-rated orchestras (as rated and listed in Musical America: International Directory of the Performing Arts, 1998 edition), and/or teach or have taught at college-level music schools with 20 or more full-time music faculty (as listed in the CMS Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, United States and Canada, examined between 1968-1998). Also included are clarinetists who may not appear in either of the above resources, but who have established themselves as American clarinetists of note through their careers as prominent soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists, etc. Through the entries themselves, the reader will find a snapshot of American clarinetistry during the confines of the twentieth century. By studying an entrant's teacher(s), often cross-referenced within the dictionary, a clarinetist examining the document can gather information not only on that entrant's clarinet ancestry, but by extension, their own clarinet lineage as well. A study of each entrant's list of students provides a window into the future of the American clarinet tradition. Lastly, the bibliography at the end of most entries will provide direction to those wishing to learn more about an entrant.
Clarinet, Clarinetists, Twentieth-Century Clarinetists, American Clarinetists
Date of Defense
March 28, 2011.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Frank Kowalsky, Professor Directing Treatise; Richard Clary, University Representative; Deborah Bish, Committee Member; Jeff Keesecker, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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