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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001102.txt from 1997/09

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Eb Clarinets
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 01:48:26 -0400

Perfectly stated and better expresses what I tried to initially express
when starting the "thread". By the way, the Winds of Nagual by Colgrass
is one of my favorite pieces!

Roger Garrett

On Wed, 24 Sep 1997, David McClune wrote:

> Eb Clarinet in band is different than an Eb in an orchestra. Many Eb parts
> in the wind literature are there because of a standardized instrumentation
> list and not because of specific compositional/orchestrational decisions
> made by the composer. The conductor must study the score carefully enough
> to make the value judgement of whether to use Eb or not. There may be no
> harm in playing Eb in all band music, but there are compositions for winds
> where the Eb part is critical and not an option. The "Winds of Nagual" by
> Michael Colgrass comes to mind (or is it "to ear"?).
> Without doubt the player must use excellent equipment and devote sufficient
> practice time to master the tonal and intonation challanges of the instrument.
> Dr. David McClune
> Professor of Clarinet
> Director of Bands
> Union University
> Jackson, TN 38305
> 901-661-5294-office

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