by James Gholson
Robert Marcellus, one of America’s greatest and most influential clarinettists and teachers, died on 31 March, 1996. He was principal clarinettist of the Cleveland orchestra, under George Szell, from 1953 – 1973. During his tenure in Cleveland, he was Clarinet Department Head at the Cleveland Institute. After his retirement from the orchestra, he was Professor of Clarinet at Northwestern University from 1974 – 1994. His week-long master classes, held each summer (1974 – 87) were one of the highlights of his teaching career.
The following interview with Robert Marcellus is taken from a series of interviews conducted by James Gholson with a number of prominent American clarinettists and teachers. They were each asked to respond to the same set of questions regarding teaching and performance. Australian Clarinet and Saxophone is pleased to publish a shortened version of one of those interviews.
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