Analysis of the acoustical correlates of timbre in clarinet performance

 

Mathieu Barthet 1, Philippe Depalle 1,2

Richard Kronland-Martinet 1, Sølvi Ystad 1

 

1 CNRS - Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique, Marseille, France

 2 Sound Processing and Control Laboratory, McGill University, Montréal, (Qc), Canada

 

Scores

 

Score of Bach excerpt

 

This excerpt is the first musical phrase of the Allemande movement from Bach’s Suite II for Cello (BWV. 1008). The adaptation for clarinet is from U. Delécluse.

 

 

Score of Mozart excerpt

 

This excerpt is taken from the Larghetto movement from Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (KV. 581).

 

 

Sound Examples

 

Sound examples 1

         “Scholar” interpretation of Bach excerpt                           Sound Example 1a

         Expressive interpretation of Bach excerpt                Sound Example 1b

 

Sound examples 2

         “Scholar” interpretation of Mozart excerpt              Sound Example 2a

         Expressive interpretation of Mozart excerpt             Sound Example 2b

 

 

Sound examples 3     

‘Low2High’ (L2H) Spectral Centroid pattern. The original note corresponds to the note first note (N1) of Bach excerpt (A4)

                  

         Original tone                                                                                                                                 Sound Example 3a

         Modified tone - Spectral Centroid frozen to its value close to the beginning of the tone            Sound Example 3b

         Modified tone - Spectral Centroid frozen to its value close to the end of the tone                           Sound Example 3c

 

Sound examples 4

‘High2Low’ (H2L) Spectral Centroid pattern. The original note corresponds to the last note (N27) of Bach excerpt (D4 )

                  

         Original tone                                                                                                                                 Sound Example 4a

         Modified tone - Spectral Centroid frozen to its value close to the beginning of the tone            Sound Example 4b

         Modified tone - Spectral Centroid frozen to its value close to the end of the tone                            Sound Example 4c