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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000702.txt from 2002/05

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] A horse of a different colour
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 18:50:51 -0400

Tony, I remember this arrangement well. As I recall it was done by
Wenzel Sedlak, though I could have things mixed up. I played it in 1974
and it was a screamer!! It's loud and noisy throughout. It was not, in
my opinion, one of the better Harmonie arrangements. I found the
Fidelio transcription far superior.

The modern story behind the Beethoven 7 arrangement is interesting.
What is believed to have been the very last copy of the printed version
(ca. 1840) was discovered by a Dutch musicologist who had been looking
for it for years but was unable to find a copy.


Tony Pay wrote:
> We're shortly going to play a contemporary arrangement for wind band
> (BTW, when you read the expression, 'contemporary arrangement', what do
> you think is meant?) of Beethoven's seventh symphony.
> The arranger makes several changes. The most important one, of course,
> is that clarinets are in C throughout. But further, the keys of the
> movements are now: G major (original, A major); Bb major (original, C
> major); F major (original, F major); G major (original, A major).
> We're intending to deal with complaints from players and audience who
> feel 'uncomfortable' playing or listening to the music on C clarinets,
> or in these keys, by suggesting that they may feel better after
> practising doing it a couple of times.
> I should perhaps be clear that this arrangement retains many other
> aspects of the piece. For example, a fourth in the original remains a
> fourth in the transcription, and so on.
> Tony
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