Astor Piazzolla- a Tango
Ann Marie Falcone, Clarinet, Live in the driest room ever in a recital called "Three Instruments Stripped." I invited a violinist and saxophonist to also perform solo repertoire pieces, pieces with no accompaniment, hence the stripped part.-- Yeah, I made a couple of teensy mistakes. Was it Rubinstein who said, "You could make a whole piano sonata with the notes I miss."? [I missed a couple of notes here, and I don't like my articulation on the last note.]
Willson Osborne Rhapsody for Solo Clarinet Live Performance in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Beth and Ann Marie Falcone rehearsing for the first time ever (some phrases at slow tempos) my composition, Igor at an Amusement Park. These are the first phrases of it. -- My sister was sight reading the piano part. This was just for fun. When we really record it and/or perform it, I will post it here, too. November 1, 2017: (Will we EVER perform it? Not sure. My sister is in NYC, and she got busy, and I changed focus onto writing and other composition projects. I went back to school to learn about writing memoir and essays, and I am singing more now, because I compose art songs and stuff, too. SHOOT, I mean.... I wanted to be a clarinetist in an orchestra. I practiced hours and hours per day for years and years. It didn't happen. And I needed to try and write my book. -- And now, I am a newly graduated MFA person who sings and composes and looks at her clarinet and nearly cries, but I don't. One can only do so much. This clarinet piece - the clarinet, in general - is nagging on my essence, though. Maybe I need to compose another piece for it.)
Slow Middle Part of Igor at an Amusement Park. First Rehearsal ever. Here is where we make ME laugh out loud when I listen back to it, sometimes, bantering like Laurel and Hardy. Although, I have cut out a lot of funny stuff, too personal.
Onto other phrases, in slow tempos, such as Wizard(ish) Phrase, Tilt-A-Whirl & Roller Coaster Phrases.
Joan Tower- Wings: first 3:16
Ann Marie Falcone, Clarinet, Live-- I have a much better performance of this from 2008 that I wanted to post here, the whole thing, but my recording won't play anymore. So this will have to do for now. Recorded in driest sounding recital room ever in a recital called, "Three Instruments Stripped," THE FIRST RECITAL I HAD PUT TOGETHER IN 6 YEARS. Other pieces performed were the Osborne and Piazzolla above.
Brahms - Sonata No. 2 First Mvt Live Performance in Recital at EACC
July 25, 2017: (Revised February 11, 2018) I think concentrating with something positive like playing the clarinet helps with any anxiety I have in life. I think it reduces the feeling of stress. - Coming out of this MFA, and all of a sudden, daily missing my clarinet. So, I will find a place to start practicing. Just discovered that Berlin Philharmonic guy, Andreas Ottensamer, on Youtube, tonight. For some reason, the Brahms trio popped up in my suggestions. Didn't even know who he was. I stayed away from listening to clarinet soloists for quite a while. He's pretty fantastic. Looked up a couple others, too, and listened. (Of course, I never stopped listening to orchestral music.) I'll have to practice little by little and build up again to premiere my composition, which I believe having put it away now for a bit, might be a fun one to play and entertain with; it's not a heavy heart wrenching one. Of course, I love the Brahms Trio and Quintet along with the symphonies, forever. - Yes, I should have premiered it before going back to school, way back in 2013 or 2014, but at least I have a goal with my clarinet after learning writing techniques, literary devices, and focusing on memoir.