Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Music, MA


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Roland Jackson

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Frank Traficante

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Helen M. Smith

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© 1977 Albert Richard Rice


Roeser, Valentin, approximately 1735-approximately 1782, Clarinet Instruction and study, Clarinet History

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Music | Music Theory


Valentin Roeser’s Essai d’instruction à l’usage de ceux qui composent pour la clarinette et le cor is the earliest treatise on instrumentation and the first theoretical study of the clarinet. Comparisons are drawn with other eighteenth-century instructional materials, e.g. Francoeur’s Diapason général, La Borde’s Essai sur la musique, and Vanderhagen’s Méthode nouvelle et raisonnée pour la clarinette. A history of the chalumeau and two-keyed clarinet is presented, along with a biographical sketch of Roeser and an English translation of the first section of the Essai. Appendices include a checklist of Roeser’s writings and a list of eighteenth-century music using the chalumeau.


The print version of this thesis is held in the Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections. 189 leaves, including 21 leaves of plates : illustrations, music .



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