The concurrence of traditional and contemporary characteristics in selected clarinet music of Shulamit Ran
House, Kristen Elizabeth
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Although research has been done on the music of composer Shulamit Ran, no significant study has been done on her clarinet music as a genre. Ran has written many works for clarinet, both chamber and solo, and she uses an interesting mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques in this music. While devices such as traditional forms, legato, and lyrical clarinet playing can be found in the music for this study, modern techniques such as extended techniques, extreme dynamics, and extreme playing in the altissimo register of the clarinet are also present. This combination of old and new styles, as well as the composer’s mastery of the clarinet, causes this music to be of value for today’s clarinetist. This study examines selected clarinet works by Shulamit Ran and provides a guide for clarinetists.