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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000581.txt from 2001/04

From: Jim Bartram <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Hindemith Bassoon Sonata on Bass Clarinet
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 22:16:50 -0400


I had forgotten that the liner notes for Bok's recording includes this story.
Rainer Klass places the conversation between Horak and Hindemith as having
occurred in 1960.

The range of the Bassoon part is less than 3 octaves, from low D to B flat
above middle C, which transposed for Bass Clarinet becomes low E to 2nd leger
line C, a very comfortable range indeed.


At 08:16 PM 4/24/01 -0400, you wrote:
>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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