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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000668.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Concerto for Bass?? This MUST be good!!
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:09:23 -0500

This concerto was written a couple of years ago and then revised for
Lawrie Bloom two years ago....he performed ith with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra with James DePriest (Oregon Symphony) conducting. The piece is
so so unbelievabley difficult that it took Lawrie the better part of a
year to learn it. I have a copy of the part (the piano and orchestra
accomp. is rental only)......and after some false starts, I am well into
it. However....You must have a right hand and a left hand pinky low D in
order to play the piece (as well as the extension to low C). You also
must have high G#, G, and A altissimo available to you with trills to
notes above those.....very fast arpeggiated sections, and wicked low note
combinations. The piece is a terrific work - very exciting and devilish!

Roger Garrett

On Fri, 12 Dec 1997, J. Shouryu Nohe wrote:

> > I do too Roger (that's weird writing my own name).....Ian Krouse's
> > Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra makes extensive use of the
> > extreme registers of the bass clarinet.....but I don't think
> > the CA Clarinet sounds good at all in the altissimo....even with a vented
> > first finger left hand key.
> Ex-SQUEEEEEEZE ME? Did I hear "Concerto for BASS Clarinet??" Is my heart
> pumping at an abnormally fast rate at this moment? Can it be that someone
> was cool enough to write this before me? (Cheh, as if _I_ had any
> composing talent! ^_^ )
> Fill me in, Prof! Date of composition, history, publisher, availability,
> range, the whole watermelon!
> (If it's harder to play than the Von Weber Concertino for clarinet on
> bass, then I've GOTTA give this a shot!!!)
> Shouryu

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