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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000118.txt from 1995/03

From: Laurence Liberson <hardreed@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: eb sop. clar.
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 21:49:38 -0500

>I play e-fer too, but it isn't my main instrument (i prefer bass). I have a
>Selmer Recital about 4 yrs old and it plays fairly in tune, but the bugger
>has to be warm before it is any good, like any other wooden clarinet.
>Have you done the e-fer part in Bernsteins On the Town? If so, what are the
>pitfalls? I am debating whether to do it in 2 weeks or loan my ax to the
>person who has to play it, but she's never played e-fer before. I'm leaning
>towards playing it since I know my instrument better....

Lots of good E-flat stuff in "On the Town!" Pay particular attention to the
very last phrases of the second movement (unisons with the piccolo) and
basically all of the third movement: big solo to open the mov't., and
little duets (on page 3 and 4 of the third movement) with second clarinet
and piccolo. Intonation is what to watch out for in these places. Lots of
high stuff, too.

Have fun!
Larry Liberson
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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