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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000985.txt from 2002/06

From: "Forest E. Aten Jr." <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New Thing
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:50:44 -0400


Very good observation. Which brings me to this thought....
Over the years I have observed a huge variation in "clarinet sound", from
one player to another. Many metaphors come to mind but I'll avoid
them....(Dan will zing me..:-)
The point I want to make is that the difference (comparative) in sound from
player 1 on the Bb instrument and player 2 on the C instrument may not be as
"noticeable"; as player 1 and a different player 2, both with Bb

Back to my short post to Dan....."or, on who's playing". This was in
response to Dan's post describing Bob Levin's instant observation that a
clarinet player sitting next to him was playing C clarinet. Dan said, "I
suppose it all depends on who is listening." reply, "or, on who's the
player" was to point out another possibility. The possibility that not
everyone who plays C clarinet sounds all that different than what would be
considered characteristic to the Bb instrument.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Shackleton" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] New Thing

> Dan wrote: Contrast your interesting story with that of Bob Levin who was
> playing
> 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
> 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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