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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000241.txt from 2003/06

From: "Ted Casher" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Begin the Beguine
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 20:45:36 -0400

From: Ted Casher

The original key of the Artie Shaw record of Begin the Beguine is D concert,
placing the clarinet in the key of E! Nice brilliant key! Some of the
charts are written in C concert, however.
I am a clarinet/tenor player in the Boston/Providence/Newport area. I have
played with Dick Johnson---my good friend for many years----who leads the
present edition of the Artie Shaw Orchestra. As I am his trusted friend, I
do his work when he is on the road, leading the Shaw band. I did manage to
take one road trip, however-----and the chart is in D concert!!!!
Whatever happened to "come home from school and play along with the record?"
The CD is available, and the FF/REW on the CD player makes playing along
easier than having to "drop the needle" as we did in the 50s. Are you guys
THAT dependent on written music??? Come, come, now-----whatever happened to
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Semple" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Begin the Beguine

> Right. D is the key I play it in, too. But I listened to an Artie Shaw
> recording the other night, and could not find the key easily. I'll haul it
> out again soon and see if I can't get a more accurate read on what key the
> recording is in.
> William T. Semple
> Office: 202-364-2466
> Home: 540-364-4823
> Cell: 540-903-6645
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 5:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Begin the Beguine
> > At 04:50 PM 6/9/2003 -0400, you wrote:
> > >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.
> Bill Semple
> > >
> > The arrangement we play in the Baytones big band, which is supposed to
> > the Jerry Gray original, has the clarinet part in written key of D, so
> > concert C sounds right. It ends on that long altissimo D after the
> > gliss. The clarinet part is written into the second alto sax part. I
> > normally play 1st alto, but play second for that one so I get to do the
> > clarinet part.
> >
> . Shows what the record companies know about music and taste.
> >
> > Bill Hausmann
> >
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