KALMEN OPPERMAN
December 8, 1919 – June 18, 2010
We here at Carl Fischer Music regretfully acknowledge the passing of Kalmen Opperman, who provided invaluable works to our catalog such as Velocity Studies and Master Studies for clarinet, which have taught generations of music students. Mr. Opperman was not only a writer of some of the clarinet world’s best studies, but also a performer, teacher, conductor, and accomplished mouthpiece and barrel maker. Mr. Opperman was a student of noted clarinetists Ralph McLane and Simeon Bellison of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. Becoming a member of the West Point band in 1938, he would play with Army bands for seven years, followed by his Broadway career, in which he played principal clarinet for more than two dozen shows, the last being the original production of “La Cage Aux Folles” in 1983. Most recently, he taught private clarinet lessons at his studio in Manhattan, and also has taught at such schools as Boston University, Hartt School of Music, and Indiana University. Former student Larry Guy told The New York Times, “People went to him to clean out all the clutter and the dust in their playing. He saw things that other people didn’t see. And he had great ears. This made him a great diagnostician.” Opperman’s handmade pieces remain extremely sought after by clarinetists for their quality of craftsmanship and sound. As Stanley Drucker, longtime principal clarinetist of the New York Philarmonic so wisely dubbed him, the “elder statesman of the clarinet” shall be missed dearly.
Link to New York Times article

Published by Carl Fischer Music —
Elementary Velocity Studies
33 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
O5432 • $11.95
Intermediate Velocity Studies
33 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
O5433 • $14.95
Now with CD recorded under
the supervision of Kalmen Opperman
Advanced Velocity Studies
26 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
O5434 • $10.95
Virtuoso Velocity Studies
22 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
O5431 • $11.95
The New Extended Working Range
for Clarinet

A Comprehensive Fingering Guide
from Chalumeau Low E to
Altissimo Supérieur G

Carl Fischer Music
W2634 • $10.95
The Clarinet Chromatic Machine
Carl Fischer Music
WF46 • $24.95
Master Studies for the Clarinet
20 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
O5478 • $11.95
Contemporary Chordal Sequences
for Intermediate Clarinet

173 Technical Studies
Carl Fischer Music
WF47 • $11.95
Contemporary Chordal Sequences
276 Technical Studies (Advanced)
Carl Fischer Music
O5435 • $16.95
The Kalmen Opperman
Repertoire Collection, Vol. 1

Clarinet, Piano or Guitar
Carl Fischer Music
WF8 • $22.95
The Kalmen Opperman
Repertoire Collection, Vol. 2

Clarinet, Piano or Guitar
Carl Fischer Music
WF9 • $22.95
Repertory of the Clarinet
A Listing of Works for
Study and Performance

Carl Fischer Music
TXT4 • $14.95
Un Seul
Clarinet in Bb or
   Bass Clarinet in Bb (unacc.)
Carl Fischer Music
W2537 • $4.95
Also available for
Unaccompanied Cello
B3400 • $4.95
Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)
by Pablo de Sarasate, Op. 20

Clarinet in Bb, Piano
Carl Fischer Music
W2538 • $8.95
Contemporary Chordal Sequences
for Saxophone

144 Technical Studies with Chordal Designates (Chord Symbols)
Carl Fischer Music
O5481 • $12.95
All of our Opperman books are available through your favorite music dealer or online at presser.com
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