Selected Solo and Chamber Works for Clarinet by Germaine Tailleferre: Historical, Compositional and Pedagogical Perspectives
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A successful and prolific composer throughout the twentieth century, Germaine Tailleferre remains relatively unknown despite her membership in Les Six and collaborations and friendships with some of the most well-known twentieth century artists. Comfortable in many genres, Tailleferre composed symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, film music, and chamber music for many combinations for instruments including woodwinds. In addition, she wrote solo works for piano, harp, voice, clarinet, flute, and oboe. The purpose of this research is to provide historical, compositional and pedagogical context for eight of Tailleferre's solo and chamber works for clarinet. There is little scholarly research about these pieces, and no commercial recordings of the chamber works. Research was conducted by reading primary and secondary sources about Tailleferre, correspondence with the publisher of some of her works, score study, and playing the pieces.