By: Scott SMith
It isn’t always easy to be a bass clarinet player. While most bass clarinet parts are pretty simple and blend into the background, we still want our chance to shine every once in a while. Luckily, there are some pieces written and arranged for bass clarinet to sing out and be heard! Here are six pieces you may or may not know that are festival and contest appropriate. For reference, these pieces are all included on the Florida Bandmasters’ Association approved Solo and Ensemble Music list.
Kaleidoscope, Op. 50: No. 9. Orientale-Cesar Cui
There are three aspects of my physical health that I prioritize: exercise, diet, and sleep. Exercise has been an important part of my life since I was a young girl. Long story short, I used to run casually, but I made a friend who I am deeply grateful for and she introduced me to CrossFit. Through CrossFit I learned what a foam roller was and I learned new stretches and exercises that helped me take better care of my body. I have been doing CrossFit for about 2 years now and I attend classes 4-5 times a week. Currently I go to the 6:00 am classes because that fits best with my schedule. On the days where I do not do CrossFit, I stretch, do a small bodyweight work out, or go for a walk. I assess what kind of exercise to do and how hard I will push based on my recovery from the previous day, how I feel mentally, and how much energy I will need to execute my goals for the day. My mental health has never suffered from exercising, but it definitely suffers from lack of activity. That being said, I know that pushing myself too hard physically can drain my energy for the rest of the day. I use my assessment of recovery and ability to carry out my goals for the day to keep myself in check so that I do not spend too much energy on exercise. I learned from being in graduate school that on the busy days where I had many rehearsals or had to record for an audition that I would need more energy and would likely have to forfeit CrossFit for that day. My recovery from the previous day is heavily based on sleep, diet, and hydration. If I don’t give myself the recovery that I need, then my workout the next day will suffer, my mental health will suffer, and I may not be able to accomplish everything that I need to. So to summarize, I exercise daily in order to maintain my mental health, and my exercise intensity depends on the energy that I need to execute my daily goals and how well I recovered from the previous day.