Chanson Moderne

4th Quarter Solo Project, Clarinet 5A.

Composer: Nilo W. Hovey

Nilo W. Hovey was born on September 22, 1906 in Ceder Falls, Iowa. His parents were Leroy Dana and Lois Grahm Hovey. As a young boy he participated in Ceder Falls Municipal Band. He usually played the Saxophone, yet he eventually transitioned to playing most of the reed instruments. He attended the Iowa State Teacher's College, (now the University of Northern Iowa). During his career her was a famous clarinetist, composer, music educator and author of many musical instrument method books. He was the director of Instrumental Music in public schools of Hammond, Indiana from 1926-1944. While he was the director, he was writing his first instructional book, a method book for clarinet titled Rubank Elementary Method: Clarinet. He directed two bands in Hammond, the Hammond Technical High School band, and the George Rogers Clark High School band. Both bands received many accolades under his direction. In 1944 he began a position as a director of Concert Band and Chairman of the Music Education department at Arthur Jordan College of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1957, he started working for Selmer Company as an Education Director in Elkhart, Indiana. He remained there for the next 18 years. He received many awards and accolades. He also served as president of the Music Industry Council from 1962 to 1964, and president of the American Bandmaster's Association from 1970 to 1971. He continued to direct many bands and ensembles, wrote and or edited many music instruction books and methods. He was finally inducted to the National Band Association's Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors shortly before his death in March 1986.

Composer: Beldon C. Leonard

Beldon C. Leonard was born in October 1908, in Paso Robles, California. He was known for being a famous American composer, music educator and conductor. He studied at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music of the Butler University. He received his Master of Music in 1945 with the composition of Poeme Roamtique. He served as a music director, teacher and conductor of school orchestras (linked to Thomas Carr Howe High School) in Indianapolis. As a composer he wrote works for orchestra, band, vocal music, chamber music, and educational work.

Song: Chanson Moderne

The song was produced from the teamwork of Nilo W. Hovey and Beldon C. Leonard. The song was published in 1948. It is a B-flat clarinet solo with piano accompaniment.

About Me

My full name is Annabel J. Mund, but I go by Annie. I was born on January 19, 2002, in Fargo, North Dakota. Family includes 4 humans and 3 furry creatures. My mom's name is Krista Mund, my dad is Paul Mund and my sister's name is Noelle Mund. My three furry friends are my dogs. One of them is named Bear, he is a Shetland Sheepdog. Along with two twin sisters named Lola and Katie, they are a mix of Bichon Frise and Lhasa Apso. My favorite color is either orange or pink, and my favorite animal is a giraffe. Some of my main hobbies are playing soccer for the club Tri City Storm, and I'm also in track for the Spring season. I play the piano and the clarinet (obviously). In my free time I like to read, listen to music, watch YouTube, hangout with family or friends, go shopping or to babysit. My Best Friends are Tasha Wynne, Breanna Nelson and Sarah Rapp.

Musical Definitions

  • Tie: A curved line connecting the heads of two notes of the same pith and name, indicating they are t be played as a single note with duration equal to the sum of individual note's values.
  • Slur: Indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation (legato articulation).
  • Mezzo Piano: to play moderately soft.
  • Quarter Note: A note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note or half of a half note.
  • Eighth Note: A note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note, or half of a quarter note.
  • Whole Note: A note having the time value of two half notes or four quarter notes.
  • Crescendo: A gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music.
  • Sharp: A half step in a higher pitch.
  • Decrescendo: A gradual decrease in loudness in a piece of music.
  • Accel: Gradually faster.
  • Meno Moso: Less quickly.
  • Dotted Quarter Note: Indicate and increase length to one half of its simple value.
  • Poco rit: Little Slow Down.
  • A tempo: The same speed as before.
  • Forte: Loud.
  • Piano: Soft.
  • Flat: A half step lower.
  • Mezzo Forte: Moderately loud.
  • Natural: When a note that cancels out previous accidentals.
  • Quarter rest: A musical rest corresponding in time value to a quarter note.
  • Half Note: A note having the time value of two quarter notes or half of a whole note.
  • Half Note Rest: A musical est corresponding in time value to a half note.
  • Whole Rest: A musical rest corresponding in time value to a whole note.


I enjoyed learning about this piece and playing it. This year, there was so much information on the composers, it was fun to learn about them. Along with learning about the piece, I enjoyed practicing it as well. I've never really heard piece with a similar tune, and it was a bit of a challenge, which I like.