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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000213.txt from 1997/09

From: avrahm galper <>
Subj: Transposition
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 12:45:58 -0400


I remembered that I had a book not mentioned in these recent postings
about the subject.
It's a book called "Practical Transposition" by Gustave Langenus.
It's an old book, copyrighted in 1918 and given to Carl Fischer in 1925.
It's for players using the treble clef.
I'm just mentioning it. I'm sure it's out of print, and I can't tell you
much about it because I don't grasp it. (Never was good in theory.)

As I mentioned in a previous posting, I was glad to have had the full
Boehm going to low Eb because I could then transpose the opera "A"
parts. I have a little anecdote to tell about transposing.

I played with Jack Fetherston (mentioned previously). He was playing
first in a concert at the exhibition.
Imagine to his horror, he came down to the concert with no clarinets. I
said, that we'd work something out.
I happened to have an extra mouthpiece. During the performance, when
there was a clarinet in Bb. I gave it to him and I transposed the part
on the "A". When it called for an " A", I gave it to him and got my Bb
back and transposed the "A" part on it.
At intermission, his wife finally brought him his clarinets.

Saved by the Belle.

Avrahm Galper

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