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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000375.txt from 2001/04

From: Floyd Williams <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Oklahoma/F# trill fingering
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 01:08:27 -0400

Try trilling the first finger LH and voicing the resultant G#.It's ok if
the trill is not the sort which starts slowly and accelerates.

Floyd Williams

Gavin Rebetzke wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am playing two pieces at the moment that require an F# -G# (top line of
> stave)trill (in Bizet Carmen Suite, and the beginning of "Oh what a
> beautiful morning" in Oklahoma). I figured that for the Carmen, the way
> around the trill is to play the movement on the A clarinet - in fact someone
> who had the parts previously kindly wrote out the part for clarinet in A.
> Oklahoma is more problematic. The passage that starts with the F#trill is
> supposed to be bird song which doesn't (to my ears) sound quite right played
> on the A. It seems, though, that whoever wrote the pit parts out may have
> had in mind the piece being played on the A clarinet, because the key
> signature is wrong - instead of 6#s, the noted key signature is F. This
> happens coincidently to be the correct key signature to apply if reading the
> notes up a tone and playing the passage on the A clarinet (I think that's
> right). The whole show is written for Bb clarinet (with 3 pieces scored for
> Bass in the first part as well), so it would be good to avoid having to take
> the A out of the case.
> So my question is, does someone know a trick fingering for an F# trill? If
> not should I simply practice F#-G# methodically with a metronome until I can
> make a reasonable fist of a trill, or should I play it on the A clarinet?
> And has any played Oklahoma before who can shed some light on the wrong key
> signature noted in the performance part for this piece?
> Many thanks,
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Floyd Williams
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Brisbane, Qld. AUSTRALIA

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