Finally a book on clarinet in French!
For twenty years we have been waiting for it, and we are not disappointed. This book, it must be known, was written by one of the most talented clarinettists of his generation.
Indeed, Jean-Marc Fessard is one of those concert artists who do not talk at all costs about them, but who convey a true universal message in their interpretations. Whoever heard him play the Quartet for the end of Olivier Messiaen's time will be convinced.
In addition, he undertook a research work on the clarinet which led him to obtain a master of musicology at the University of Paris VIII - it is the result of this work that allows us today to savor this text astonishing in its originality and erudition, one could say: an entirely new point of view on our instrument, its history and the role it has played in the history of French society. How many clarinetists know that there were nineteen clarinet classes at the opening of the Conservatoire de Paris?
From truths to anecdotes, Jean-Marc Fessard takes us on a journey in Culture, Literature, Friendship, Registers, Intonation, Nature, Escape, Talent, Tessitation, Evolution, in short all that features our beautiful instrument!
Cyrille Mercadier Luthier