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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000210.txt from 2001/04

From: eric james <>
Subj: [kl] C clarinet
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 10:55:09 -0400

Hi to all clarinettists:

I wonder if any of you can help me with a C clarinet problem I have. I a=
m in
the process of getting a work published. It is Harmoniemusik from the ti=
me of
Mozart and deals with both horns and clarinets in various keys. The clar=
alternate between Bb and C instruments. The publisher wants all the part=
s to
be printed for Bb clarinet and F horn. As a horn player, I know that it =
actually more confusing to play music of this sort that has been transpos=
ed. =

The notes just don't look right. But I wonder how clarinettists see thin=
gs. =

They have much more complex parts than horns. Is preferable to have C
clarinet parts transposed to Bb or to play from the original C parts?

My own preference is to publish the parts in their original keys and let
performers make of them what they will. This would also address the
proliferation of "authentic" performance groups. I've no idea what a
classical C clarinettist would make of a Bb part. Any thoughts on the ma=
would be greatly appreciated.

Eric James

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