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Herbert L. Clarke: finding a modern-day equivalent



 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Herbert L. Clarke: finding a modern-day equivalent Reply with quote

When working with students I try to communicate the importance of Clarke as a performer, and that he was a bona fide well-known, widely popular musician in his day. With little success so far, I've tried to come up with examples of modern-day "popular" musicians who are of the same stature Clarke was in his day.

Would anybody care to share ideas of some "popular" musicians of recent times (rock, folk, pop, any genre) that could be used to illustrate what Herbert L. Clarke was of his day?

Just to break the ice, let me throw out Mick Jagger. Not a great example, but it's an important recent name that comes to mind. This is why I'm asking you all!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eric Clapton.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kid today have NO virtuoso role models that they can relate to.

Among the biggest and most famous bands were the Sousa band and Goldman band. Clarke was the featured cornet soloist in each one at one time or another.

There were no iPods.
There were no iPads.
There was no TV.
There were no movie theaters.
There was no internet.
The phonograph was in it infancy.

Live music was everywhere. Recorded music was not widespread. (Side Note: Sousa is famous for saying that Edison's recording technology would make it impossible for someone to make a living as a musician... I think he was right, eventually)

Those bands & their cornet soloists (there were MANY famous ones in addition to Clarke) were the biggest names in the whole country.

Clarke didn't hop up and down screaming into a microphone about Fat Booty Biatches. That is what kids like today. I am glad Clarke is not here to see what music has become. Heck, if he WAS here he'd probably have to be a Jr. High Band Director to make a living!

In the spirit of the OP's thread, I will throw out there... Eddy Van Halen in rock, or Yo Yo Ma in the symphonic world.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jiarby, where were you when I needed your post here:
http://www.trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=112904


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that thread was about kids messing up your yard
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fair 'nuf
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps Jimi Hendrix would work.
Or maybe Slash (of Guns and Roses).

I can't think of any current performers though...

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go attempt to degrade the moral character of america
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