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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000572.txt from 2001/04

Subj: [kl] Hindemith Bassoon Sonata on Bass Clarinet
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:16:15 -0400

Jim Bartram says:

> My first project has been to create a Bass Clarinet version of the
Hindemith Bassoon Sonata (Hindemith is reputed to have approved of this
transcription, which only involves writing it out in different clefs a tone
higher. <

Several years ago (at the Clarinet Congress in London, for anyone who
remembers back that far), I had a lesson with the great bass clarinetist
Josef Horak. He told me that he was the one who did the transcription, that
he played it for Hindemith, and that Hindemith had told him that he preferred
it to the original version (at least as Horak played it). Horak gave me a
copy of his handwritten transposed solo part. I ran through it with a
pianist once, and it worked beautifully.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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