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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001002.txt from 1999/01

From: "Tim Roberts" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Francaix
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 16:11:52 -0500

On Tue, 19 Jan 1999 09:29:03 -0600 (CST), Christopher.Zello wrote:
>Actually I already own the reduction. The thing is for someone to perform
>the piano reduction the big problem is that many times Francaix used 3
>staves. As a result something a part from a normal performance must take
>place. Now by normal, I mean that 1 solo clarinetist with 2 hands on the
>instrument, and one pianist with 2 hands (page turner preferred).

I don't know this particular piece at all, but as a pianist for most of my
life, I can tell you that the presence of three staves does not automatically
require the use of three hands. Often, a composer will use a third staff as a
way to highlight a countermelody or sub-line in the bass, especially when
intermixing the parts on a single staff would be confusing.

For example, the haunting Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-Sharp Minor is written on
four staves, but is quite playable by one person.

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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