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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000088.txt from 1995/03

From: Cobus Theunissen <jtheun@-----.NET>
Subj: Re: Transpositions
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 1995 12:50:37 -0500

>This is exactly what we spoke of several months ago with respect to
>the transposition of C clarinet music. Almost every comment on the
>subject of tranpostition has been made with the reminder that we
>need to be able to transpose C clarinet music. Sure. I suppose so.
>But in fact, what we need to be able to do is buy a C clarinet since
>that is the character of sound that, presumably, the composer had in
>mind when writing the piece.

Is this really true? Also, do you think that orchestras today sound
like they did when the composers composed the music? Not to get into
a debate over original instruments vs. modern instruments, but when
Haydn wrote the Creation, did he really think about the sound of a
C clarinet vs. that of the B-flat, or did he just write it because
it was easier to read from the score?

Just a thought from an amateur clarinettist

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Cobus Theunissen (jtheun@-----.net)
03/03/95, 12:50:37
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