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Monologues 2020 - solo

by Fie Schouten

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Fie Schouten bassethorn (track 1), bass clarinet (track 2-5)

March 2020: no concerts, even rehearsals are not allowed. I look in
my drawers with sheet music. First, I start with Monolog by Isang Yun.
This work was premiered in 1983 by my former teacher Harry Sparnaay. Isang Yun is a composer who has been looking for harmony all his life.

This CD would not have been possible without the spontaneous
enthusiasm of sound engineer Arjan van Asselt and Berith Danse,
director of the Plein Theater Amsterdam.

Review Roger Heaton, published online by Cambridge University Press 04 April 2022:
“Enno Poppe-Holz….Schouten is a very strong player who really characterises and projects: to my ears it is a much more interesting and eventful piece than the original ensemble version. One really hears all the detail, the complexity of the repeated rhythmic patterns, the drama of leaping around the registers and the lyrical episodes with microtones: it seems to explore the actual fabric of the instrument – its ‘woodiness’, I guess – as well as what Schouten calls the ‘unruliness’ of the bass……excellent addition to the growing bass-clarinet solo discography.”


released May 1, 2021

recording, mastering Arjan van Asselt
Plein Theater Amsterdam, The Netherlands
recorded in May, June, September 2020
photo Melanja Palitta
Label Orlando Records OR0045

The recording is kindly supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Cultuurmakersfonds and Performing Arts Funds NL.


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Fie Schouten clarinets Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch clarinettist Fie Schouten is a specialist in the performance of new music with a preference for playing on the low clarinets. She can be heard extensively as a soloist and with her own groups. She is Artistic Director of a bass clarinet festival titled Basklarinet Festijn and Professor of Bass Clarinet / contemporary music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen. (pict M. Palitta) ... more

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