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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000567.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: R series Selmer Eb Contra
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 19:42:40 -0500


It would be helpful if you did not cut and paste our responses as though
they had something to do with your's....which is what you did below. If I
had wanted to respond to your's, I would have. I responded to Edmund's
statement that Eb Contra-Alto clarinet parts exist up to a range of
altissimo G....which I find absurd. The listserv exists for these kinds
of observations and statements. I believe Edmund resonded to you....if
others did not, either they were uninterested or unknowledgeable.

Roger Garrett

On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Matthew Hanson wrote:

> Ummm... this ALWAYS happens when I post questions about instruments.
> Can we please, for once, stay on the topic? I have received NO useful
> information yet (no offense).
> Matthew Hanson
> PS- Some Eb contras actually play altissimo quite well and I've yet to
> find a timbre that comes close to matching it
> Roger Garrett wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, Edmund William White wrote:
> > > I've had clarinet choir parts that extended to altissimo G on the
> > > Contralto. Having the half-hole is nice........
> >
> > No offense intended, but unless the work was originally for clarinet
> > choir and not a transcription, the arranger was nuts. There is no reason
> > to arrange above a high D above the staff for Contra-Alto Clarinet. We
> > have many clarinets within the clarinet choir that can handle that range
> > much more successfully and with better tone and intonation than an Eb CA.
> >
> > Which piece are you referring to Edmund?
> >
> > Roger Garrett
> > IWU

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