This coming Monday, July 13, the Texas TMEA All-State audition etudes will be revealed. As in years past, the etudes selected for soprano and low clarinets (and Texas ATSSB soprano clarinets) will be Rose Etudes. Other states in the USA also use Rose Etudes for their high school all-state clarinet auditions. An online search revealed Florida, Minnesota, Kentucky, Washington, West Virginia and New Hampshire (and certainly others) have used Rose Etudes for all-state clarinet auditions in the recent past. And, of course, the study of Rose Etudes is standard for practically all clarinet students at colleges, universities, and conservatories in the USA and beyond.
Some of the best places to look for ideas on how to perform an etude, solo, or any work of music are other editions of the same music. Therefore, below is a lightly annotated list of various editions of the Rose 32 Etudes and 40 Studies. I have also included a few versions of the Ferling Studies as they are the basis for most of the Rose 32 Etudes. I will use these resources as I prepare to teach lessons and give clarinet clinics on the all-state music.
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. FYI, like many pros, my own clarinet lineage goes back to Cyrille Rose.
12 All-State Clarinet Resources: Rose 32 Etudes, 40 Studies, and More!
Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
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- Daniel Bonade, editor. Sixteen Phrasing Studies for Clarinet. Conn-Selmer, Inc., 1952. Bonade was a 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 studies offer phrasing and other help on the slow etudes from the Rose 32 Etudes. Please note that Bonade renumbered the etudes. This edition was available for free for years, but now seems to be safely available only in another book, The Complete Daniel Bonade, compiled and edited by Larry Guy.
- Philippe Cuper, editor. 32 Etudes for Clarinet. Paris, France: International Music Diffusion, 2011, with CD.
- 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.
- Franz Wilhelm Ferling. 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone, Revised by Albert J. Andraud. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co., 1958. This book is often used for the Saxophone and Oboe/English Horn all-state audition music. Available at local music stores.
- Franz Wilhelm Ferling. 48 Studies by Ferling for All Saxophones, Edited by Marcel Mule. Paris, France: Leduc, 1946. The Mule edition of the Ferling Studies 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!).
- Ben Andrew Garcia and Luuk De Vries, editors. 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.
- Larry Guy, editor. 32 Etudes for Clarinet. Stony Point, NY: Rivernote Press, 2017.
- 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. Available at local music stores.
- Jean & David Hite, revisors and editors. Cyrille Rose FORTY STUDIES for Clarinet. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co., 2000. A reworked edition of the Rose 40 Studies.
- 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.
- Cyrille Rose. 32 Etudes for Clarinet. New York: Carl Fischer, 1913. 40 Studies for Clarinet. New York: Carl Fischer, 1910. These venerable editions are what many of us in the USA used in school. They are notorious for mistakes, so be careful.
- Melvin Warner, editor. The New Rose Studies for Clarinet. New York: Carl Fischer, 2002/2009, with CD.
ClarinetMike says, “It is absolutely critical that those who judge the competitions carefully study the all-state etudes before the competitions. We owe this fairness to the students.”