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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000930.txt from 1997/09

From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Well, here we go again
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 19:15:55 -0400

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.33
> Subj: Re: Well, here we go again

> Steve...
> No need to ride the fence. Transpose at will....for either the bass
> clarinet, soprano Bb/A/C, or Eb/D. The rest of the orchestra is on modern
> reason to feel guilty. I believe the discussion is with
> regard to philosophy....I'm not buying into the business of having to play
> it on a certain horn or else. I have been Principal Clarinetist in the
> 10th oldest U.S. symphony for some time, and, quite frankly, if they can
> do it in other major can we!
> Roger Garrett

Roger, what is the 10th oldest US orchestra? That is a great

> On Fri, 19 Sep 1997, Steve Prescott wrote:
> > I'm riding the fence on this one. Where as I believe we should try in every
> > instance to play the instrument intended by the composer, I also know that
> > most of us cannot afford to purchase the entire family of clarinets. I have
> > an Bb and A of course and also an Eb and Bass. The bass is not a low C bass
> > (which is problematic) and it is pitched in Bb, not A. There have been some
> > instances where an A bass clarinet was needed; I transposed the part.
> > Though I am first and foremost a clarinetist and I love to play and oddly
> > enough practice, I cannot justify, with my present income, the purchase of
> > an A bass clarinet, an A sopranino, a C clarinet and/or a D clarinet. Does
> > this make me a villain...I don't think so. Does this mean I do not want to
> > play the instrument intended...I don't think so. Most of us are caught
> > between a rock and hard place. This is not a justification to play the
> > "wrong" clarinet, merely an observation.
> >
> > Steve
> >
> > Steve Prescott
> > Instrument Rep.Tech./ Clarinetist
> > Indiana State University
> >
> >
> >
> >
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California

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