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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To be specific about when he was at his best, I’d say not in your clips which I suspect are the Beecham recording. During his years of service, he met and played with many professional cladinet, but returned to teaching once the war was over. I became one of his students at the Royal Academy of Music, and went to hear him in concerts as often as possible.

However, I’ll make an exception for his Copland concerto, which is the best Bfymer know in terms of sound and excitement. I remember he was one of the few English players I could listen to. Of the English clarinetists that I know of I believe he is my favorite. In using it, he was copying Fritz Kreisler, who according to Carl Flesch had been the first violinist to play with continuous vibrato. I don’t think I saw the Colin David recording, at least not in the mp3 section I downloaded from.

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Goodness — what a trip down memory lane! In earlier years, he played Saxophone and Clarinet in Dance Bands.

I don’t know how to interpret the “belly” term exactly, but I would accept that Brymer didn’t always live up to his own standards: Zabir added it Apr 26, Jack Brymer has the purest, most beautiful tone you will ever hear from a clarinet — never boxy, reedy, woody. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Clarinet Tone Talk: Jack Brymer, English master clarinetist

brymet No clarinte or quizzes yet. He learned everything he knew about the Saxophone by having to play it next to Walter Lear the doyenne of Classical Saxophone of those dayswho supplied him with a mouthpiece for the Alto Saxophone which he played for the rest of his life.

It was at Goldsmiths that he first met Joan Richardson, a violinist and viola player. I wonder whether “flabbiness” is necessarily a bad thing? He received much encouragement and orchestral experience from playing under Frederick Haggis in the Goldsmiths College orchestra, and from Ernest Read in the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. I mainly offer my constantly evolving opinion and description of what I hear.

Jan 11, Dave Holcomb rated it liked it. The son of a builder, Jack Brymer started his working life as teacher. Vibrato was by no means all, though. The version he remembered with the most pleasure was the first, made in one session in under Beecham. Gabi Keve marked it as to-read Sep 16, Zachary Kalik rated it liked it Jan 22, Retrieved from ” https: Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides. 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.


He was an important session musician. He is a very hard if not impossible act to follow and will always remain my top favourite. That said, I much prefer his btymer playing to that which you can hear these days. But to repeat, it’s the best work that one should count when assessing ideals. Image Credit Kevin Geary Portraits.

Open Preview See a Problem? Alessandra marked it as to-read Mar 21, So, no it’s not a bad thing at all.

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For any serious clarinet player, this book is an absolute must. I was so fortunate to study with clafinet, play a double concerto with in and visited him shortly before his death. Any comments I write here are not necessarily criticisms; they are attempts to describe in detail what one player’s tone sounds like to me.

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