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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000946.txt from 2001/02

From: rgarrett@-----.edu
Subj: RE: [kl] An Original Suite by Gordon Jacob & Gliere's Second
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 09:14:23 -0500

At 03:37 PM 02/23/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>I fail to understand how a high school band director will spend an entire
>year's instrument budget for an alto clarinet, but not buy an Eb. So much
>of the traditional canon of band music really requires an Eb; much of the
>melody/lead voicing is written for it. Heck, it's a divisi part in the
>first Holst suite.

I always transpose out the divisi parts for clarinets in the second
part. Sounds better, and it is often better in tune - not to mention
easier to play. There is a first movement solo that is also in the range
for Bb - and sounds fine. Otherwise - not needed except for the doublings.

RG

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, IWU Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

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