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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000895.txt from 2000/09

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Daphnis et Chloe....................
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 18:03:41 -0400

Are there any other "devices" used in clarinet playing, to enable us to more
easily negotiate "unthoughtful" writing for the instrument. One other
instance is the loo roll tube inserted into the bell in order to fake the
semitone lower.

I would think that there have been thousands upon thousands of occasions
when players have had to explain
to a composer that a certain passage is in fact impossible to play. I would
guess that some composers have denied this, and some will have kindly
re-written their music. All composers have to learn (or are supposed to)
what all instruments are, and are not capable of doing. Only >this, mastered
properly will enable the music to
come to life vibrantly, as the composer himself wishes it to.
I wonder has anyone come across some hugely "ridiculous" piece of writing,
including having to use strange gadgets, and would they be prepared to share
this with the list. Without mentioning names, what were the circumstances,
and what was the outcome?
Tony W.

> > -----Original Message-----
> >
> > I cannot see the point of using butt ends of reeds when the L.H.little
> > finger would seem to be a good deal more efficient, and less messy?
> For some players, the little finger works better, however I found it to be
> sourse of unnecessary tension while playing fast. We have a tendency when
> playing it to push down too hard and stretch too far with the left hand
> little finger. Using the butt end of a reed allows the left hand to be a
> bit more free.

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