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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000238.txt from 2003/06

From: "Bill Semple" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Begin the Beguine
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 16:50:43 -0400

My question is: what key?

The original is written in Concert C, but Artie plays it in something else
on his recording.I think he drops it down a notch or two.

It's a totally fun piece to memorize. I don't believe there is one phrase or
measure that is repeated exactly. The greatest challenge is trying to mimic
the Artie Shaw sound, which is what gave his version such incredible life.

William T. Semple
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Lytthans" <>
Subject: [kl] Begin the Beguine

> Jim Christensen did a "Tribute to Artie Shaw" some years ago for solo
> clarinet and concert band. I performed it several times on a recent UK
> with the Palos Verdes Band. J. W. Pepper says it's POP, but may still
> some copies. It's a grade 4 piece and lots of fun to play. The tunes
> featured include Dancing in the Dark, Begin the Beguine, Star Dust and
> Frenesi.
> Jim Lytthans
> Anaheim, CA
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