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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000430.txt from 2004/08

From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?ferengiz=E2de_dani=EAl_shawqy?= <rab@-----.de>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 06:57:08 -0400

Mahler and Schoenberg both wrote for the A Bass on a regular basis. Both
were experienced conductors, especially Mahler. Hence there is
not the shadow of a doubt that at least high profile orchestras in Austria
kept and used A-bassclarinets.
Greetings,
danyel

----- Original Message -----
From: dnleeson
To: klarinet@-----.org
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2004 9:49 PM
Subject: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?

It is not unreasonable to conclude that the A bass clarinet did
NOT exist and composers wrote for it under the mistaken
impression that since there were A clarinets, there must have
been A bass clarinets. And then, in reaction to the existence of
music for the instrument, someone actually built one, a kind of
backward view of world history. But I cannot defend that quickly
invented piece of history. It is possible, but I don't think it
to be probable.

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