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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000181.txt from 2001/05

From: DGross1226@-----.com
Subj: [kl] Doubling Orchestral Clarinet Parts
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 11:18:31 -0400

I understand that it's a fairly common practice at colleges and universities
to double or even triple orchestral clarinet parts in rehearsals to provide
students a broad exposure to the literature. However, it is also my
understanding that when it comes to concert time, parts are assigned
according to the score requirements of the work being performed. Of course,
not everyone gets to play an entire concert. I have recently been in a
situation where at the last rehearsal before the dress rehearsal the
director, being careful not to offend anyone, was going to have the Clarinet
II parts doubled on one of the works.

Being primarily a Clarinet II player, it's my job to support the Clarinet I
player harmonically, match his or her style and timbre, and most importantly
adjust instantly to his or her pitch. That's is challenge enough. But with
another Clarinet II player, it becomes almost impossible when you hear your
part in one ear and the Clarinet I part in the other. Has anyone else been
in this situation? And how was it handled?

Don Gross
La Canada, California

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