Over time, I became more confident with the instrument, and I also began to relish my role within the orchestra. The bass clarinet usually functions as a part of the harmonic texture in the woodwind section and is not often heard by itself in an orchestral concert. However, when it is, it’s often a moment of pivotal importance in a piece of music.
I think my favourite thing about the bass clarinet is it’s deep sound that can adopt many different characters from slapstick comedy in works like Strauss Don Quixote to being incredibly mournful in moments like King Marke’s aria in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. I love these moments, and being a part of the bass end of the orchestra.
Sharing my music making with audiences and colleagues is a remarkable privilege that I miss every day during this shutdown. I certainly hope we can get back to doing what we love soon!