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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000309.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Keys and their character
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 17:58:57 -0400

At 11:42 AM 6/10/2003 -0400, Bill Semple wrote:
>The primary difference between bright and dark is less the difference in
>keys than in whether notes or flated or sharped, as in minors vs majors vs
>diminished vs augmented triads. But keys do tend to sound one or the other
>based on how they are played and on what instruments. The E Clarinet is
>quite a bit "brighter" than an A Clarinet, but that's about as useful as
>saying an oboe sounds brighter than, ah, a French Horn., etc...

Here is an experiment we could try to see if the difference is just pitch
or something more. Make a digital recording of a piece, any piece in any
key. Record the same piece in a more "brilliant" (or whatever) key and
digitally alter the pitch so it would SOUND at the pitch of the first
recording, although it was played in a different one. Note any differences.

Bill Hausmann

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