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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000163.txt from 2002/02

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Schubert Arpeggione (was: Brahms 4th, Bulbous Clarinets, etc.)
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 16:02:01 -0500

Stoltzman, of course, recorded a characteristic rendition of this
sonata many years ago, probably first to LP, then remastered onto
CD. It's the only clarinet performance of it I've ever heard, and
I would love to hear somebody else's interpretation.

~ Neil

--- "David B. Niethamer" <> wrote:
> on 2/10/2002 3:45 PM, Bear Woodson wrote:
> >This reminds me of the Arpeggione Instrument,
> >which Schubert immortalized with his gorgeous Sonata.
> >I've heard it many time on Cello, and a few times on
> >Viola. I'm told it has been done on Clarinet, but frankly,
> >I've wondered how it would sound on a low, rich Bass
> >Clarinet, closer to the range of an Arpeggione.
> This piece is a favorite of mine. Bellison transcribed it for clarinet,
> but misunderstood the notation of the instrument (it sounds an octave
> lower than written) with the result that his transcription shrieks along
> one octave too high. Bellison also lowered the key to G minor (concert
> pitch) so that the written clarinet part would be playable by students.
> Jack Brymer made a transcription for A clarinet and piano which preserves
> the original key. Brymer also gives some of the Arpeggione material to
> the piano, in the interest of the respiratory health of the poor
> clarinetist!
> The last time I played this piece, I made my own transcription from the
> Complete Schubert edition. As I recall, there were only a few notes too
> low to be played on an A clarinet. The range extended upward to 3rd
> ledger line E (written 4th line G on A clarinet). All this is pretty
> close to the range available on the A clarinet (and comparable to the
> viola, on which it is often played).
> Cellists have enough good repertoire - they should just butt out!! ;-)
> David
> David Niethamer
> Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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