New Harry Sparnaay Book

Noted Bass Clarinetist Harry Sparnaay has a new book coming out next week, The Bass Clarinet: A Personal History.  The book evidently includes a CD and is published by Periferiamusic in Barcelona, Spain. According to Harry it will be available at The ISBN number is 978-84-938845-0-5. FYI, Gary Van Cott will eventually carry it at

If you are not familiar with Harry Sparnaay, here is a stub from Wikipedia:

Harry Sparnaay (born 14 April 1944) is a noted Dutch bass clarinetist, composer, and teacher. Sparnaay specializes in new music, and over 645 compositions have been written for him, by composers including Luciano BerioPhilip CzaplowskiMorton FeldmanBrian FerneyhoughIannis Xenakis, and Isang Yun. Sparnaay’s notable students include Michael Lowenstern and Lori Freedman.

Here is his bio from his website:

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2018. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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