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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000432.txt from 1999/06

From: Ken Wolman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet Fingering Excercises
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:53:19 -0400

Following my successful cataract surgery (BOTH eyes, I can see well for
the first time since I was 9!), I'm catching up. wrote:
> Tim,
> You might try Cello music, of course that would mean bass clef- or take some familiar pieces and transpose them into different- lower keys. It would be particularly easy with some of the pieces available for finale or midi down load- just transpose and print. Congratulations on your new acquisition!
> Anne

The same idea occurred to me me: "where is it written" that the only
music playable on a bass clarinet was written FOR the bass clarinet? If
you want to get inspired, on one of Feidman's CDs (it's just called
"Feidman plays Bloch, Olivero, Bat Chaim"), he plays an adaptation for
bass clarinet of Bloch's "Schelomo." Apparently (correct me?), the
range of the cello and bass are remarkably similar. You know you've
arrived when you can play this thing. But just to listen to the
possibilities of this so-called "harmony clarinet" as a solo's magnificent.

The written score goes back and forth between treble and bass clef. I
have no idea of the technical considerations here that would necessitate

I've heard of someone also giving a shot to playing the Bach Cello
Suites on the bass. That is ALL bass clef. I would walk a mile to hear
that. I'd crawl two to be able to play one bar of it.

Ken Wolman dbtrader Deutsche Bank, N.A.
1251 Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10019 212-469-6494

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