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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000568.txt from 2001/05

From: "Don Yungkurth" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Mahler 1
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 09:42:27 -0400

Lori Lovato asks:

> Does anyone recall the doublings for
>the 4 clarinet parts in Mahler #1? From my
>Dover score it appears that there are 2 Eb parts,
>and Bass Clarinet? We are performing this
>piece in September with Santa Fe and I would
>like to assign parts soon. Perhaps the question
>should be, which parts need which doublers?
>In other words does the part for Eb/Bass/Bb/A
>need a strong bass or Eb player? Thanks!

In his book, "Orchestral Studies for the Eb Clarinet", Peter Hadcock
indicates that Clarinets III and IV have Eb parts, but that "Clarinet III is
in Eb in the third movement only". From the excerpts given, the stronger Eb
player should have the Clarinet IV part, which goes up to altissimo G# in
the first movement. For the Eb clarinet duets in the third movement,
Hadcock indicates that the higher notes are in the third clarinet part and
"It's probably better if they trade parts", i. e., giving the upper notes to
the 4th player.

Don Yungkurth (

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