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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000114.txt from 2000/09

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] ClarFest CD's
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 22:23:50 -0400

--- mark <> wrote:
> Hmm ... I had always been told that the Associate Principal was the 2nd
> fiddle???

You're confusing 2nd fiddle with 2nd clarinet. Associate Principal/Eb
does not typically play 2nd clarinet parts -- that's what the person sit-
ting in the 2nd clarinet chair is for, and that's typically all (s)he
plays. Associate Prin./Eb is the orchestra's Eb specialist, in addi-
tion to filling in when the Principal player elects to pass on a par-
ticular part. The relationship between the two is not the same in all
orchestras. In some ensembles, the two players are veritable equals
and divide the principal playing efforts evenly. In other groups, the
associate player might just get the musical scraps, i.e.; the Principal
player will sit out the overture to Candide and the Dvorak cello con-
certo (let the associate player take principal on those) to save his/her
chops for Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2.


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