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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000483.txt from 2000/04

From: "Ian Black" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] "OK" instrumentation (WWS)
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 17:31:30 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: Terry Halvorson <>
Subject: [kl] "OK" instrumentation (WWS)

> Hi all!
> I am briefly delurking because this discussion of the MTI site has
> aroused my interest. I too have visited this site several times in
> the past, and have found the info for the reed books to be vastly
> incorrect. The correct instrumentation for West Side Story (for
> example) is as follows:
> Reed 1: flute, picc, clar, alto sax, bass clar (one piece only;
> usually switches with reed 4 for the flute part)
> Reed 2: Bb clar, Eb clar, bass clar
> Reed 3 (my book!): oboe, Eng hn, flute, picc, clar, bass clar,
> tenor sax, bari sax
> Reed 4: flute, picc, clar, bass clar, sop sax, bass sax
> Reed 5: bassoon

Let me check - To play Reed 1 you need 5 instruments with you.
Reed 2 requires 3
Reed 3 you need 8 (yes, 8) instruments
Reed 4, 6 instruments
Reed 5 - just the one.

Doesn't the US Musicians' Union have any rules about maximum instruments? I think "trebling" (3
instruments) is the maximum we're supposed to be doing in the UK.


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