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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000577.txt from 2002/06

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Highest note in Mozart concerto
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 07:35:10 -0400

On Tue, 18 Jun 2002 12:33:44 +0200, said:

> Dan, There must be a reason why he didn't use the C# otherwise.

Nah. In my opinion, it just didn't happen to come up. It's a bit high,
and he didn't usually write high for clarinets, so the probability of
his happening to need a C# was lower. And as you say, he did write one
in the Concerto.

Of course, I can't *prove* that....but there's no reason I can see to
assume the opposite.

> In fact, it's high time I got more serious about trying to play these
> things on (copy of) historical instruments. The tone colors are so
> special on each note.

....and the C# is in fact an extremely *normal* note, on any of those
instruments. There's a very good simple fingering: just thumb and
speaker key (because the C *natural* is thumb, speaker key and LH second
finger); and the other one, top space Eb minus LH first finger, is good

> Between your fascinating bits of information and Tony's statement that
> playing on old instruments is like sex ....

....should be *thought* of as being like having sex...;-)

> What am I waiting for!?

Well, I can't argue with that.

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