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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000433.txt from 2004/08

From: "dnleeson" <dnleeson@-----.net>
Subj: RE: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 10:04:54 -0400

I don't think that we are there yet. The b.c. in A (in fact, the
clarinet in A) is built to help the clarinetist when the key for
B-flat clarinet has a lot of sharps. It is not designed to
provide a key with a lot of sharps.

Example. Concert pitch: D major. Clarinet in B-flat pitch: E
major (yuck! sharps). Clarinet in A pitch: F major (Ahhh!)

Dan Leeson
DNLeeson@-----.net

-----Original Message-----
From: sloring1@-----.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2004 6:30 AM
To: klarinet@-----.org
Subject: Re: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?

Just a further question on the usefulness of the A bass clarinet
in the band. I can see the use of the Ab clarinet, and indeed
any instrument in the flat keys, but to put an instrument that is
more comfortable in the sharp keys just sounds counter intuitive
to the norm. Is there any other info about that? It sounds
fascinating. Perhaps a band piece for D, A clarinets as well?
Simeon

----- Original Message -----
From: dnleeson <dnleeson@-----.net>
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2004 5:11 pm
Subject: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?

> That makes sense. I think the A bass started in Germany and
was
> used more for bands than orchestras. At least I recollect
> reading that once.
>
> Dan Leeson
> DNLeeson@-----.net
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ed Wojtowicz [ewoj@-----.net]
> Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2004 1:41 PM
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?
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> Someone I know told me he once owned a set of Bb and A Albert
> system
> basses.
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> Ed
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> On Aug 14, 2004, at 3:23 PM, joseph.wakeling@-----.net
wrote:
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> > what evidence is there for the
> > existence of the A bass, historically, other than its
presence
> in the
> > scores
> > of a number of famous composers?
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