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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000394.txt from 2001/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Oklahoma/F# trill fingering
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 09:56:03 -0400

I had a similar problem just a few weeks ago with the same trill in "Once
Upon a Mattress". The list suggested the following to me and it indeed is
a very usable solution:

play the f# lh t r 1,2,3 : rh 2

trill lh 4 on the g# key AND rh 3 on the sliver key at the same time

It feels strange at first, but with a bit of practice it is a very do-able


At 02:04 PM 4/17/01 +1000, you 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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