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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000220.txt from 2004/08

From: Bear Woodson <>
Subj: [kl] Saxophone Timbers?
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 09:41:35 -0400

Hello, Everyone.

I am considering making an orchestrated version
of my "Sonata No. 1 for Bb Trumpet and Piano"
(Dec. 2000, 4 mvts., 17 min.). I plan to use an
atypical scoring to be conducive to the Jazz, Blues
and Ragtime Styles of the this work, namely to
include these woodwinds:

1 Eb Sopranino Clarinet
2 Bb Soprano Clarinets
1 Bb Contra Bass Clarinet
(with a Substitute Eb Contra Alto
Clarinet Part available)

1 Bb Soprano Sax
1 Eb Alto Sax
1 Bb Tenor Sax
1 Eb Bari Sax

It is easy for Brass Players to use a harsh
"Brassy" Tone at times, which is also marked as
"cuivre" in French, and "schmetternd" in German.
I use it only once or twice in my Trumpet Sonata
for the soloist, but think it would come in handy
in those same passages for the Saxes, but NONE
of my orchestration books mention anything
about it. It makes for a wonderful snazzy, jazzy
effect! I know I've heard Sax Players use a wide
variety of timbres, but WHOM should I ask and
WHAT do they call these timbres?

Perhaps I should also ask how common it is
to have Bb Contra Bass Clarinets go down to the
Written Low C (sounding at the Lowest Bb on
the Piano). (I may make a Contra Bassoon Part
to replace it, if need be.)

Bear Woodson
Composer in Tucson, Arizona, USA

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