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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000052.txt from 2001/07

From: "emily worthington" <emily.worthington@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Long-Bb fingering
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 12:36:13 -0400

Here's my two-penneth.

I recently found another use for long Bb (LH 1, RH 1): In the fourth of of
the five Finzi bagatelles, when the music shifts from E (I think) back to Eb
in a rather magical manner, the first note of the new key is clarion Bb. On
my instrument long Bb gives a slightly more subdued tone quality which fits
the mood of the final section and contrasts nicely the relatively bright
B-natural from which it shifted. Different fingerings can be used not only
for ease of facility but for timbral effect, to influence the mood of a
passage; this is something worth considering when you have to or more viable
fingerings, especially in the altissimo register where some fingerings give
a particluar ring to the note which makes them preferrable to others which
are equally stable and in tune.
Em.

----- Original Message -----
From: <POWELLM397@-----.com>
Subject: Re: [kl] Long-Bb fingering

> Hi Dirk,
>
> I use the long Bflat quite a lot. Specifically the opening of the 2nd mov.
> Sait-Saens
> Sonata, the 3rd Mov. Mozart Concerto.
>
> If the note is resistant then your connecting keys for the lower and upper
> joint are not adjusted correctly. This often leaves the pad connected to
the
> 2nd ring on your upper joint a little open, this creates the resistance. I
> had my repairer John Coppen to drill a hole through my connecting key on
the
> upper joint inserting a nylon screw, as you often have on your throat A
key.
> I can then check the adjustment before I play.
>
> 2. The sharper fingering , RH finger 2, is useful when you want a sharper
A #
> in B minor, B major etc..
>
> Kind regards
> Martin Powell
>
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