While the book has only been released online since June of 2010, the literature surrounding the release has been discussed for well over a year. Antoine Leclercq, the author of the book, was interviewed in 2009 by the New York Times for his observations on the race for the "Canoneers' Guillotine" and on his life and works. The New York Times article, entitled "The Claque", specifically mentions Leclercq's thoughts on how different cultures deal with the history of the past. The article also mentions the book itself, Leclercq's documentary work, the release of his book, and his life in general. For many, this book is an important addition to the history of the clarinet.
The book, entitled simply "The Clarinet", contains two volumes. The first volume focuses on the history of the clarinet and discusses the instruments itself, going into detail on the history of the instrument from its rise in the late 18th century to the present day. The second volume focuses on the history of the clarinet master and begins with the biography of a historical composer who is also a clarinetist, Othmar Schoeck. With a variety of quotes and insights from the composer, this book gives a good summary on his career and life.
The second book of this series is entitled "The Clarinet (The Sonority in Question)". This book focuses on the "neo-rational" approach to music that has taken shape in the past 50 years. It begins by discussing some of the advantages of this approach and its practice, before turning to the work of the composers who have taken the approach in their music.
The Clarinet (The Sonority in Question) is an excellent book for people interested in the "new music". While it is not intended to be a primer in the history of music or of the clarinet, it does give the reader a good overview of the past 50 years of music, and the composers who have written music using the approach.
The third book is entitled "The Three-Handed Clarinet" and is a short book on the clarinet. It was originally given as a lecture at the 2012 National Conference on the History of the Clarinet, held at the University of North Texas in Denton. It contains one chapter on the history of the clarinet, one on the history of the three-handed clarinet and another on the history of the modern clarinet.