Abîme des oiseaux (1940) - Olivier Messiaen

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Fie Schouten - bassethorn

Abîme des oiseaux from the Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen (F) is one of the most important works from the 20th century for clarinet, dealing with the inscrutability of birds. The piece is partly désolé (disconsolate) and sometimes agile, in which the birds clearly make themselves heard. I have chosen to play it on the sonorous, yet slender and flexible basset horn.

© Copyright 1942 Éditions DURAND


from Nature, released November 3, 2020


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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 ensembles. Fie Schouten is Artistic Director of a bass clarinet festival titled Basklarinet Festijn. She is Professor of Bass Clarinet / contemporary music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen. ... more

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