Help commission new piano parts to 10 great clarinet Études!

For: DAVID THOMAS
Columbus, OH
Organizer: David Thomas
$895
of $2,435 goal.
Raised by 18 donors
36% Complete

The Story

Thank you for all your support for this fun new music project. I received another $300 at my January 28 2017 House Concert! We only need $1635 more!!Thank you! David Thomas

Help me commission cool new piano parts to accompany 10 famous clarinet Études by French composer Paul Jeanjean. Let's get Jeanjean Keyed Up! 


By donating, you are supporting the creation of fresh new music by a young, upcoming composer! You are also helping to create some wonderful new repertoire for clarinet and piano. Clarinetists- For just a $25 donation, you would get a PDF score and parts to any one of the Études you choose!

Your $500+ gift- earns you a free private recital of 3 of the Études, including wine and hors d'oeuvres, at your home or mine, and you can invite 5 of your friends. Plus a signed copy of one of the scores. (If you don't reside near Columbus Ohio, you may request to get a CD or Digital Media of my performance of 5 of the Études, plus a signed copy of one of the scores, plus PDF scores of all 10 Études, if you want them.)

A $250-$499 gift- will earn you and one guest an invitation to a small house party of other donors at my house, with a performance several of the Études. Plus a signed copy of one of the scores.
(If you don't live near Columbus Ohio, you may request a CD or Digital Media of my performance of 3 Études, plus a signed copy of one scores, plus PDF's to 7 Études, if you want them.)

A $100-$249 gift- gets you a copy of one of any one of the new commissioned scores, signed by the composer Joseph Hallman and myself.
Plus PDF file of score and parts to any 5 of the Études, if you want them.

A $50-$99 gift- gets you PDF's of score and parts to 3 of the Études, if you want them.

A $25-$49 gift- gets you a PDF of any one of the new scores and parts for performance. A great gift for clarinetists and their friends!


Here's the story behind the commissions-


Few clarinetists ever perform the melodious unaccompanied 1927 "18 Études de Perfectionnement" by Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928). Why are these great Études never performed? I think it's because the beautiful solo clarinet melodies need a piano accompaniment to fill them out.

So, I commissioned talented young composer Joseph Hallman to write original accompaniments to the 10 best of the etudes. Joe Hallman’s new piano parts bring a fresh, yet matching, style to the works. His piano parts bring the 1927 Études into the 21st Century!

My hope is, with these new accompaniments, more clarinetists will perform these musical gems, and audiences will be able to enjoy them as fresh, original works. Each work stands alone, but there is enough stylistic variation between etudes to allow for mix and match combinations. So a clarinetist can either create sets for any variety of performances, or perform one alone. Here's to creating more great recital repertoire for clarinetists to perform. 

I'll be posting videos of my performances of them over the next few months. I have 3 videos already up for you to view. Help me get Jeanjean Keyed UP! Your donation will be safely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Thank You!!!

Note regarding fees.
If you give by PayPal or Credit Card, a 3% processing fee is taken from your donation. Plus YouCaring requests "$x.00 to YouCaring recommended" the default amount is 6%, but you can edit that to 3%, or 0, if you wish. Just click on the recommended fee and a menu pops up for you to choose. If you wish to give ALL your donation to the commission fund, please ask me how you can pay by personal check. Thanks!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 5, 2017

Posted on February 5, 2017

Thank you for all your support for this fun new music project. I received another $300 at my January 28, 2017 House Concert! We only need $1635 more!!Thank you! David Thomas

Posted on May 5, 2016

Posted on May 5, 2016

Just got another $120 in donations, so the total is now $1220!

Posted on May 3, 2016

Posted on May 3, 2016

Donations keep coming in to help commission Jeanjean clarinet etudes accompaniments, most by check or cash. Also, the private fundraising event this Friday in Columbus will have at least 40 supporters. I'll post more this weekend. Please share this update or the YouCaring page! Thanks! David Thomas.  

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