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Harry Sparnaay 1944-2017

Harry Sparnaay 1944-2017

This article was posted on 14 Dec 2017.

On 12 December, Harry Sparnaay, the great pioneer of the contemporary bass clarinet, passed away.

Harry devoted his life to the development, teaching and promotion of the bass clarinet, premiering hundreds of new works by composers including Berio, Donatoni, Xenakis and Yun. The International bass clarinet community are lost for words at the loss of their friend, colleague and mentor.

Sarah Watts from CASSGB writes: 'Thank you for your friendship, for your years of love and devotion to our instrument, and for the legacy that you have left us. It was an honour to know you and consider you a friend. Your international family of bass clarinettists are devastated to know you are no longer with us, but we know you will be looking over us to make sure we continue to keep the bass clarinet alive for you. You are always our inspiration.

A full dedication for Harry from his friends and colleagues will appear in the magazine at a later date.

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