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Annotated Checklist of Mazzeo System Clarinets

Rosario Mazzeo

Rosario Mazzeo


The Mazzeo System

In 1961, Rosario Mazzeo (1911-1997) gave Selmer the exclusive license to manufacture Mazzeo system clarinets.  The instruments utilize Boehm system fingering with several significant modifications.  All Mazzeo system instruments incorporate the following:

1.  New B-flat':  Played with a' key and any one or combination of left-hand second finger or right-hand first, second, or third fingers.  Same fingerings, minus a' key, produce a'.  Traditional b-flat' and a' fingerings also available.

2.  Left-hand thumb plateau key.

3.  Ringless bell:  Bell has less flare at bottom and no bell ring.

The following are featured on full and modified Mazzeo system models:

1.  E-flat'/b-flat'' may be played with thumb, first, and third fingers and d-flat'/a-flat'' key of left hand.

2.  B' to c-sharp'' keys articulated.

3.  Alternate left-hand a-flat/e-flat'' key available.

Bibliography:

Rosario Mazzeo, Mazzeo Clarinet Manual (Philadelphia:  Henri Elkan, 1960).

Rosario Mazzeo, The Clarinet:  Excellence and Artistry (Sherman Oaks, California:  Alfred Publishing Co., 1981).

Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:  An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.


Makers

Buffet-Crampon & Cie
Chedeville, Edmond
Selmer, H. & A.
Selmer, Henri:  1953; 1961; 1963/1967; 1967


Mazzeo System Clarinets
(in chronological order)

NMM 5828. Clarinet in B-flat, Edmond Chedeville, Paris, ca. 1925.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 6113. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1953.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.


NMM 6116.  Clarinet in B-flat, ca. 1955. Unfinished experimental prototype.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.


NMM 5832. Clarinet in A by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1961.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 6115. Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy division), Elkhart, after 1961.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.


NMM 6114. Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy division), Elkhart, after 1961.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.


NMM 5830. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1963 (bottom joint), 1967 (top joint).  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 5831. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1963 (top joint), 1967 (bottom joint).    Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 5863. Clarinet in C by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1967.  Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.


NMM 5834. Clarinet in B-flat by Buffet-Crampon and Cie., Paris, 1970.    Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 5833. Clarinet in A by Buffet-Crampon and Cie., Paris, 1970. Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.


NMM 14411. Top joint of clarinet in B-flat by The Selmer Company, Inc., Elkhart, ca. 1972-1980. Serial no. 580238. Bundy model 1400M. Mazzeo System. Gift of Bruce E. McGarvey, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2009.


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