- Pamela Weston
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(b Brooklyn, NY, Feb 4, 1929). American clarinetist. Initially inspired by jazz clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he started playing at the age of ten and became a pupil of Leon Russianoff. At 16 he was appointed first clarinet in the Indianapolis SO, and at 19 he joined the New York Philharmonic, becoming its principal clarinetist in 1960. During his 60-year career with the orchestra—the longest tenure of any musician in that orchestra’s history—he performed in over 10,000 concerts and premiered clarinet concerti by William Bolcom and John Corigliano. His last solo performance with the New York Philharmonic in 2009 featured Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet, a favorite that he has performed with the orchestra 60 times. As a soloist Drucker also performed with the Adolf Busch Chamber Players and the Juilliard Quartet. He has not followed the modern free style of playing but rather the classical, achieving impeccable control of tone and phrasing. In addition to serving on the faculty of the Juilliard School (1968–98), he has edited clarinet music and compiled an exhaustive series of orchestral studies.
- A. Innaurato: “The Fine Art of the Clarinet,” Forbes (27 July 1998), 239–40
- D.R. Carter: Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto: the Clarinetist’s Views (diss., U. of Oklahoma, 2008)
- D.J. Wakin: “Ending a 60-Year Gig at the N.Y. Philharmonic,” New York Times, 4 June 2009, C1