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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He relished the humorous moments thrown up by musical life, as once when he was late for a concert and hailed a taxi driver. Ghada Yaseen rated it really liked it Dec 20, He use to say there are many technicians but very few musicians — so true. Caitlin rated it really liked it Nov 13, Frederick Thurston and Reginald Kell unwittingly betrayed their methods to me, but I also decided that I wanted to play in certain ways that they had never done.

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Jack Brymer, clarinettist, born January 27 ; died September 16 George Huba rated it it was amazing May 05, It covers every aspect of clarinet playing and technique from a specifically classical orchestral and soloist point of view i. He could play Benny Goodman’s style almost indistinguishably from Benny Goodman himself. Brymer recalled “an old man in a raincoat leaning over my shoulder to mark the part of his Heldenleben — Richard Strauss in the last year of his life”.


Brymer died in Redhill, Surrey at the age of Inon the recommendation of professional musicians who had played with Brymer during wartime military service, Sir Thomas Beecham invited him to audition as principal clarinetist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to succeed Reginald Kell.

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And Janet Hilton’s Chandos lcarinet of the Bliss quintet is some of the best playing I’ve ever heard, without qualification. Alan Paul and Guy Woolfenden both wrote concertos for him, and Armstrong Gibbs wrote a clarinet quintet. I’m a Brit who grew up when Brymer was God.

When I play loudly, I am careful to voice the note with a “point” in my air, which I feel as a lifting of my soft palette.

Anas gameel marked it as to-read Aug 27, Ashley rated it it was amazing Jul 22, All these years I had no idea! I studied with Colin Bradbury at the RCM — another wide bore player — and I wonder whether this “ideal” tone to which I aspire is a direct result of early brain programming in my youth. He also recorded other clarinet and wind ensemble music of Mozartas well as several Romantic-era concertos, but he knew and performed more music than he ever recorded.

Pat Johnson rated it liked it Oct 13, It was at Goldsmiths that he first met Joan Richardson, a violinist and viola player. I respect your opinion — it was over 20 years ago I was with Colin and perhaps my aural memory is fading somewhat!

I wish I could feel more enthused about modern British players. He was a personal friend of Benny Goodman.


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Next to Brymer, my demi-God from that period was Roger Fallows: In The GramophoneEdward Greenfield wrote of Brymer’s “distinctively refined tone-colour … breathtakingly expressive” in the slow movement. Sorry to respond so late, Simon, but I will see if I can find out.

My heroes from my schooldays byrmer undoubtedly Jack Brymer and Gervase de Peyer — very different, but both with such a lot to offer.

I heard Jack Brymer play in a chamber music setting on a number of occasions and even got introduced to him at one of them. Phrase after phrase you will marvel at the sheer beauty of his playing and his sound.

In a clarinet solo from an orchestral work by Dvorak, the older generation of British and continental players produced a woody folk colour, whereas Brymer would create a soft romantic impression.

He recorded all the wind music of Mozart, including the Clarinet Concerto three times. Gabi Keve marked it as to-read Sep 16, But to repeat, it’s the best work that one should count when assessing ideals. Thanks you for your contribution to the memory calrinet a great clarinetist.