In a 1962 interview, Anderson said: "In writing Clarinet Candy I made full use of the clarinet technique.
"The clarinet is a very versatile instrument. It can do so many things. It has a low register that is completely different from its high register. If you play a note in the low register and one in the high register, it sounds as though they were played by two entirely different instruments. At the same time it is a very flexible instrument. It plays arpeggios very well and runs and trills. Usually an orchestra has two clarinets, first and second. But for this recording I double the number of clarinets - two on first and two on second. In the middle section you will notice that they play a melody - a low note - and then they play a little figure - a high note - and then they go on to the melody. The melody is staccato down below and the fill-ins are taken by the same people who are playing the bottom note. It's an interesting effect."
Leroy Anderson conducted a studio orchestra in his 1962 Stereo recording of "Clarinet Candy" for Decca Records. 49 musicians, many of whom were the Principals of their respective orchestra sections, came to perform for the recording. They were chosen from the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the NBC Symphony, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Goldman Band and the Beaux Arts Trio.
The studio orchestra included 10 First Violins, 6 Second Violins, 4 Violas, 4 Celli, 3 Basses, 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 4 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 3 Drummers and 1 Pianist.
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