HWC – this is a replica of Harold Wright’s Chedeville soprano clarinet mouthpiece, using Everett Matson’s measurements of Wright’s facing. If you play double lip embouchure, then this is the mouthpiece for you! It is a beautiful rendering by Bradford Behn of Harold Wright’s concept sound. This product is exclusive to bassclarinet.net, and is a joint effort between Michael Drapkin (bassclarinet.net), Bradford Behn (who manufactures the product) and Andy Stevens, clarinetist of the Colorado Symphony, who studied clarinet mouthpiece facing with Everett Matson and recorded Wright’s mouthpiece measurements.
From 1970 to 1993, Harold Wright was the principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony. At the time, there were three principal clarinetists considered the top on the United States: Robert Marcellus in the Cleveland Orchestra, Stanley Drucker in the New York Philharmonic and Harold Wright in the Boston Symphony. Amongst my friends, Harold Wright was our role model. Gorgeous tone and unmatched expressiveness – his chamber music recordings are fantastic. He also played the clarinet using a double lip embouchure.
I have been playing Dan Johnston soprano clarinet mouthpieces since Stanley Hasty handed me one with the Z (Hasty) facing on it at Eastman in the 1970’s, but I am now using this one. Harold Wright was our role model for the tone we wanted to achieve on the clarinet. When I took lessons with Wright as a Tanglewood Fellow, I got to sit next to him and listen to his beautiful sound. He always exhorted us to “get that ring in our tone.” This mouthpiece helps achieves that goal! – Michael Drapkin
You can hear Harold Wright’s iconic recording of Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen) with Benita Valente, soprano and Rudolf Serkin, piano on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CwtQJLlxhac
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Because this is a custom made product, this product may not be returned or a refund issued.
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