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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000442.txt from 2003/06

From: "Benjamin Maas" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] High Clarinet, Low Clarinet ?
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 03:13:43 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From:]=20
> In the professional world, does everyone play bass clarinet and/or Eb=20
> clarinet when required?

Depends... I specialize on bass clarinet, but I also own and play E-flat
when asked. In many orchestras, the 2nd player covers the e-flat parts =
the 3rd covers bass parts. Other small orchestras will have a utility
player that is expected to cover either. The large orchestras will have
specialized players for each. There are pieces in the repertoire that
require a large selection of clarinets. Mahler comes to mind with this
(check out the first symphony parts... The bass chair also plays =
B-flat, C,
A, and E-Flat)

To be proficient on both only increases your chances of work. You can
certainly prefer one to the other, but it is wise to be able to hit the
parts you are asked to play on either.

In the freelance world, you really need to be good at the entire family.
Most people can't afford to turn down work because they can't play the =
they are asked to...

Is that vague enough? ;-)


Benjamin Maas
Freelance Clarinetist and Recording Engineer
Los Angeles, CA

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