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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000118.txt from 2000/09

From: Gary Truesdail <gir@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] ClarFest CD's
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 22:54:17 -0400

Relief players - what a luxury

At Lake Tahoe and Reno, 20 years ago and earlier, there were entire relief
bands that would rotate each day from one show to the next for the gambling
establishments giving a day (night) off for the house band. They would do a
read through sometime during the day and the show(s) in the evening. They
were awesome players and any one of them could play, and improvise when
called for, any style music that the conductor wanted. I heard some of the
rehearsals and it is interesting to here a band that could at one moment be a
great big-band jazz group and have the entire band change their style of
playing, using the same manuscript, and sound country-western, 40's, or some
other completely different style.

Does anyone know of working bands that do the same thing?

Neil Leupold wrote:

> --- mark <cpaok@-----.net> 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.
>
> Neil
>
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