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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000439.txt from 2003/06

Subj: [kl] High Clarinet, Low Clarinet ?
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 22:50:07 -0400

In the professional world, does everyone play bass clarinet and/or Eb
clarinet when required?

I asked this question a few weeks ago and I believe no one answered except
for Resergere, I think, who commented that people certainly have preferences. I
thought to ask again....

Below is the text of my original note which included slightly more

<Dan Leeson, in discussing other things, made this reference: "For those
unfamiliar with the history involved, horn players of the 18 and 19th centuries
normally specialized in low horn or high horn parts."

This reminded me that recently a young horn player in my band referred to
high horn and low horn players that she knew. In the clarinet world we certainly
have people who may prefer to play bass or prefer to play Eb soprano. When
you are a professional, are you expected to be equally proficient on these high
and low clarinets? When there is a need for doubling on one of these other
clarinets, do good players negotiate with each other to decide who gets which

Wayne Thompson

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