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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000643.txt from 2003/10

From: GrabnerWG@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet etude book/solos
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 08:25:44 -0400

In a message dated 10/23/2003 5:13:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time, leeson0@-----.net writes:

> It's a good suggestion Walter, but if the person playing it is going to
> be accompanied by a piano, the fact that the bass clarinet is an octave
> too low causes the piece to have problems by virtue of the
> fact that the registers of the two players are so incompatible.>>

Dan, that is definately true. Notice I said selectively pick. Some thing works better than others. You can also adapt pieces for bassoon or cello to stay in the correct range.

It still remains, unless there are lots of recently published works of which I am unfamiliar, that the solo repertoire for bass clarinet at the student level is very limited. The newer modern stuff is often too complex. As a teacher, herefore, you must do some accomodation to come up with musically interesting repertoire.

Walter Grabner
www.clarinetxpress.com
Eb clarinet mouthpieces

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