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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000610.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: R series Selmer Eb Contra
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 22:45:43 -0500

At 06:29 PM 12/11/97 PST, you wrote:
> I suppose that Stravinsky was being silly when he wrote the opening
> solo in the Rite of Spring for very high bassoon instead of, say,
> oboe.
> Jeff Chan
> on 12/11/97 at 6:31 PM, Bill Hausmann wrote:
> Actually, yes, but what is the point of playing altissimo on
> contrabass when you could use clarion on bass, or possibly even
> chalumeau on soprano to play the same note, most likely with better
> tone and intonation? Yes, you can do it, and it is done. But isn't
> it sort of silly?
Oboe and bassoon differ enough from each other to negate your argument,
although I frequently harass oboists by referring to their instrument as
the soprano "oon". (Why is there no tenor in the oon family?) In some
cases, especially in recent music, a particular effect is desired requiring
a particular timbre achievable only by stretching the range of an
instrument. But, in the main, it is still silly.

Bill Hausmann
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