Klarinet Archive - Posting 001081.txt from 1997/09
From: "Luanne S. Jacobs" <wwplayr@-----.net>
Subj: Re: Eb clarinets/cornets in band
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 23:07:20 -0400
> Actually, being a Herbert L.Clarke fan (great cornet soloist of Sousa's
> Band, led a band in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada!), I just found and
> photocopied an article from the Instrumentalist magazine back in 1972
> arguing for the continuance of the cornet, both as a learning instrument
> and in the band; I love it's mellow sound.
> I really wonder about Eb; should it be left out in favour of piccolo, kept
> in but take down the high unison stuff when picc's up there, or is it
> possible to play the high A (an octave above the one above the staff!) a
> student just showed me as an option in Copland's "Outdoor Overture"?
> When I adjudicate music festivals, I've always put in a plug for the Eb,
> believing that with a proper mpc.and hard enough reeds, the "sharp below,
> flat on top" phenomenon can be overcome. Any opinions?
> Peter Stoll
> Instructor of Clarinet and Chamber Music
> University of Toronto
Hmmmm. I seem to be in a different boat when I am playing my Efer. I
am flat in the bottom and sharp up top. I play on a Morgan mpc and
Bonade ligature with a Scott 42mm barrel on a Selmer Efer. Any