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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000978.txt from 2002/06

From: Nick Shackleton <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New Thing
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 04:55:40 -0400

Dan wrote: Contrast your interesting story with that of Bob Levin who was
the Beethoven first piano concerto, and with an orchestra that he had
never before soloed with. Suddenly the clarinet solo came in, Bob
looked up surprised and mouthed to the clarinetists, "Is that a C
clarinet???" The player smiled and shook his head yes.

A few years ago I loaned Michele Zukowsky a C clarinet for some Martinu.
Her orchestra liked it so much that in the end I let her buy it (so
obviously they noticed).
I think that if you don't want to make a C clarinet sound, it is a waste to
buy a C clarinet. But it may be that some manufacturers try to make the
sound more similar to the other two instruments while other manufacturers
try to enhance the contrast. Nick


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