14 All-State Clarinet Resources: Rose 32 Etudes, 40 Studies, Caprices and More!

Cyrille Rose in 1880

As in the past, this year’s Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes for soprano and low clarinets (and ATSSB soprano clarinets) are Rose Etudes – Texas uses the David Hite edition, Artistic Studies, Book 1 – From the French School. Other states in the USA also  use Rose etudes for their high school all-state clarinet auditions. A quick online search revealed Florida, Minnesota, Kentucky, Washington, West Virginia and New Hampshire (among certainly others) use Rose Etudes for all-state clarinet auditions. And, of course, the study of Rose Etudes is standard for practically all clarinet students at colleges, universities, and conservatories in the USA.

I have found that some of the best places to look for ideas on how to play an etude, solo or any work of music are other editions of the same music. Therefore, below is an annotated list of various editions of the Rose Etudes. I have also included a few versions of the Ferling Studies plus links to some other related studies (the Ferling and the Rode studies below are the basis for the Rose Etudes used for this year’s Texas TMEA auditions). I am currently using these resources as I teach my students the all-state etudes and prepare the forthcoming ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic.

Note: Cyrille Rose (1830-1902) was a very important clarinet teacher at the Paris Conservatory and 1st clarinetist with the Paris Opera orchestra for 34 years. Rose did not compose these etudes, but he adapted and enhanced etudes written for other instruments. He “clarinetized” them. For general information on the Rose 32 Etudes, click HERE  and for the Ferling Studies click HERE.

14 All-State Clarinet Resources by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  1. Daniel Bonade, editor. Sixteen Phrasing Studies for Clarinet.  Conn-Selmer, Inc., 1952. Legendary clarinet player and teacher who taught Mitchell Lurie, Robert Marcellus, and other leading clarinetists of his day: he also taught David Hite, the editor of the Texas all-state etudes. These offers  phrasing and other help on the slow etudes from the Rose 32 Etudes. Please note that Bonade renumbered the etudes – Rose #13 is #7 here for example. Available for free HERE.
  2. Philippe Cuper, editor. 32 Etudes for Clarinet. [Paris?]: International Music Diffusion, 2011, with CD. From Gary Van Cott’s web site: “This new edition of the 32 Rose Etudes is based on the original 1893 edition with some additions to the markings by the editor when they missing from the original. There are fewer markings than the editions edited by Warner [see below]. The printing in this edition, although very clean, has more white space between lines and is somewhat smaller than other editions. Now includes a CD of these etudes performed by Philippe Cuper.” Available HERE.
  3. Franz Wilhelm Ferling. 48 Studies for Oboe, Op. 31. Braunschweig: J.P. Spehr, n.d.(1837) Reprinted New York: Edwin F Kalmus, n.d. (after 1933). Catalog K.04121 (Citation from IMSLP.org) Early edition of Ferling studies. (These studies are the basis for the Rose 32 Etudes.) Available for free HERE.
  4. Franz Wilhelm Ferling. 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone, Revised by Albert J. Andraud. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co., 1958. This is also the book often used for the Saxophone and Oboe/English Horn all-state audition music.  Available at local music stores.
  5. Larry Guy, editor. 32 Etudes for Clarinet. Stony Point, NY: Rivernote Press, 2017. From Gary Van Cott’s web site: “Larry Guy presents the 32 Rose Etudes (edited and corrected) along with a page of suggestions for each etude. The book also includes several pages describing the nomenclature and fingerings used in the book as well as four pages on the fundamentals of phrasing.” Available HERE.
  6. David Hite, editor. Artistic Studies, Book 1 – From the French School for Clarinet. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co., 1986. This is the book used for this year’s Texas TMEA Soprano and Low Clarinet all-state music. Students and teachers should purchase the book and not use ONLY copies. Also, in the back of the book is an important Glossary – a list of terms briefly explaining Hite’s numerous [and sometimes overdone!] performance suggestions. Click HERE for a blurb on the edition. Available at local music stores.
  7. Jean & David Hite, revisors and editors. Cyrille Rose FORTY STUDIES for ClarinetSan Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co., 2000. From Gary Van Cott’s web site: “In preparing this edition the editors have found many opportunities to enhance the studies by adhering to the original violin notation. This book also includes information on the composers of the original etudes for violin that Rose transcribed and chronology of etudes published between 1793 and 1884.” Available HERE.
  8. Henry Larsen. The 32 Rose Studies: An Analysis and Study Guide. Avon, CT: Larsen Audiographics, 1998. Each of the 32 etudes is accompanied by extensive notes and suggestions. Available HERE.
  9. Pierre Rode. 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Opus 22. Paris: J. Frey, n.d. (1822) [The TMEA All-State Rose Caprice #6 is #15 of these.] Available for free HERE. Another early edition edited by Jakob Dont is also available for free HERE.
  10. Pierre Rode. Twenty Studies for Clarinet, Arranged by Harry BettoneyNew York: Carl Fischer, 1968. [Bettoney chose 20 of the Rode Violin Caprices and arranged them for clarinet. The TMEA All-State Rose Caprice #6 is #19 of these. FYI, I worked on these as a university clarinet student.] Available HERE.
  11. Cyrille Rose. 20 Grand Studies Selected from the Caprices by Rode, Edited by Stanley Drucker. New York: International Music Company, 1962. From Gary Van Cott’s web site: “This is the same material as in [10. Bettoney edition] above. The studies are in a different order. The most noticeable differences are that the printing is clearer and there are additional dynamic and articulation markings.” Available HERE.
  12. Cyrille Rose. Thirty-Two Etudes for Clarinet. New York: Carl Fischer, 1913. The venerable edition many of us in the USA learned from. It is notorious for mistakes, so be careful. Available for free HERE.
  13. The Complete Clarinet: C. Rose Revisited – 118 Etudes for Clarinet. Fort Worth, TX: Complete Works Music Publisher, 2014. Features every etude that Rose wrote for the clarinet, including the lesser-known “26 Etudes.” Available HERE or HERE.
  14. Melvin Warner, editor. The New Rose Studies for Clarinet. New York: Carl Fischer, 2002/2009, with CD. From Gary Van Cott’s web site: “In this new edition of the 32 Rose Etudes, the editor has drawn on various editions of the 32 Etudes and the Ferling 48 Etudes on which they are based.  He has corrected errors in time signatures, notes, articulations, etc. He has not added any breathing, tempo, or other markings not found in the originals. This edition includes downloadable piano accompaniments composed and performed by John Walker (as .mp3 files) and .pdf files of all of these piano parts. The recorded accompaniments are still available as a regular CD HERE. The old Carl Fischer edition (most recently with a white cover) has been discontinued.” Available HERE.

ClarinetMike says, “Here’s a ‘ClarinetMike Insider Tip’ – Check out the Mule edition of Ferling Studies below. It is frequently used by saxophone students at colleges, universities, and conservatories in the USA. I often consult it myself when teaching the saxophone (and clarinet!).”

Franz Wilhelm Ferling. 48 Studies by Ferling for All Saxophones, Edited by Marcel Mule. Paris: Leduc, 1946. Available HERE.

Note: The above picture is in Public Domain and can be found HERE. [Rose looks a lot like the late Stanley Hasty, renowned Eastman clarinet professor.]

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, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed 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, clarinetmike.com, 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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