Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Artistic Approach to Breath Control on Clarinet through the Transcription of Sarasate's Carmen Fantasie
by Demarjian, Melissa K., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 35; 13859574
Abstract (Summary)

Opera fantasies pose exciting challenges for wind musicians with their lively and dramatic character. The melodies and embellishments presented from well-known operas embody the expression and technique of the ideal performing virtuoso. The challenge of these embellishments involve playing several technical passages in a single breath with little to no rest in between selections. This makes it crucial for wind musicians to prepare the body properly in order to breathe with the insufficient time available. Despite the amount of resources at our disposal, the struggle of limited breathing still arises for wind musicians. With my experiences and observations, I want to open our minds about the ways we breathe by analyzing how to perform the Carmen Fantasie by Pablo de Sarasate to show that opera fantasies allow opportunities to use breathing as a way to enhance the performance. Based on themes from Bizet’s opera, Sarasate wrote his Carmen Fantasie for violin and orchestra. The Fantasie has since been adapted for various wind instruments. I will use the clarinet arrangement by Nicolas Baldeyrou to convey my research. The first thing to cover is how the over-the-top theatrics of opera serve as inspiration for music performance. This will further explain why I chose this work for its Spanish/Gypsy flair that helps give this vocal-like quality to the instrument. The next step is applying breathing specifically to performing the Carmen Fantasie. This will not only demonstrate how it contributes to the work’s overall character, it will increase our awareness of what a wind musician goes through to pull off a stellar performance. Finally, I will go further in detail by examining the possible spots to breathe based on the types of notes played and my own capabilities. To support my ideas, I will perform the Carmen Fantasie in my upcoming recital.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Arnold, Jermie
Commitee: Shockley, Alan, Goode-Castro, Helen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts
Publication Number: 13859574
ISBN: 9781687989109
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