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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000676.txt from 1997/12

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: R series Selmer Eb Contra
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 19:58:34 -0500

At 09:28 AM 12/12/97 PST, Jeff Chan wrote:
> Bill,
> The original post asked if there were any shortcomings to a particular
> instrument. Someone else then mentioned that it had some weakness in
> the altissimo. I agree that it may be silly to _arrange_ music for
> the altissimo range of a contrabass clarinet, but there are more and
> more examples of composers writing _original_ music using the extreme
> ranges of instruments to obtain a certain timbre (the Stravinsky that
> I mentioned, the Shostakovich piano trio opening where the cello is
> playing harmonics on its highest string while the violin is playing
> very much below it on the G string, etc.).
> The purpose of my original post was to indicate that there possibly
> were legitimate uses for the altissimo range of the contra, and that
> should be taken into consideration in deciding to spend hard earned
> cash for something that might not fit the need....
> ...(Note to the entire list: The list does seem to have taken on a
> confrontational tone in the postings that I am seeing. I don't mean
> to continue that trend here, only to offer my opinions and my reasons
> for voicing them.)
Sorry if my comment got people sidetracked. And I had no intention of
being confrontational. I'm sorry if it seemed that way. You'd be
surprised how easygoing and non-confrontational I am in "real" life! On
the subject of contra writing, though, it seems we agree much more than

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