CMEA Audition Repertoire: Rose Etude No. 18
The 32 Rose etudes are a foundational set of studies for any clarinet player. Adapted from the Op. 31 etudes of Franz Wilhelm Ferling, this collection provides a variety of technical and musical challenges for clarinetists at all levels. A rotating selection of these etudes is used as audition material by the Connecticut Music Educators Association for the regional festivals: a technical and lyrical etude each year. This rotation includes etudes 5 & 18, 13 & 26, & 11 & 14, and 15 & 20. On this page are recordings and practice tips for each of these etudes. Happy practicing!
It is very important with anything technically challenging to begin by practicing as slowly as is necessary to play the etude perfectly. For this etude, I recommend setting your metronome to eighth notes and finding your base tempo where you can play cleanly and accurately. From here, split the etude up into small sections and gradually increase the speed.
Make sure, especially as you get faster, that you hold the long notes out for their full value. Make sure not to rush through rests as well, always be counting! Although the first Bb is accented, don’t be too forceful with the articulation; this note is likely to jump out anyway. Back off slightly with the dynamic after landing on this note. At the meno mosso, be sure to play slightly slower and much softer. This is the first opportunity you have to really create dynamic contrast. Decrescendo before the sequence in measures 29-31 so you can get slightly louder through each of those. The 1/1 Bb fingering may be helpful in measures 29 and 39. Again, think of the accents in measures 44 and 45 more as weight with your air then harsh articulation with your tongue.
You’re given limited dynamic markings in this etude, so get creative and do some shaping of the phrases on your own. When in doubt, follow the line, increasing in dynamic as it ascends and vice versa. In the final section, plan your breathing and try not to interrupt the line too much. Finally, pay as much attention to the end of your phrases as you do the beginning, making sure to taper them rather than bluntly ending notes.
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