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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000030.txt from 2001/02

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: question about recorders
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 07:35:44 -0500

> Alto recorder is F, however the music for it is not written in F.
I wasn't certain what this meant. All my experience with recorder music is
that the music for the F instruments (Bass and Alto) is written in concert
pitch (bass sounding an octave lower than written). The fingerings are
similar to the chalumeau register of a clarinet (low note with all fingers
down is F). In other words, unlike saxes, clarinets and even trumpets, the
practice of writing as if each instrument is based on a C scale and
transposing the written music was not adopted for recorders. Recorder
players learn two different sets of fingerings, one for the F recorders, one
for the C instruments (soprano and tenor). There's also a "sopranino" which,
I assume (I've never played one), is pitched in F and sounds an octave
higher than written.


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