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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000441.txt from 2004/08

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Subj: Re: RE: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A - historical evidence?
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 13:57:35 -0400

The other thing one may think a bit about is the whole concept of tonal
colour which composers have in mind when specifying a given tonality for a
clarinet. My experience has been the majority of the Beethoven Symphonies
specify the C clarinet too...Richard Strauss is specifying the D clarinet
for the famous Till Eulenspeigel as well...small wonder when I first heard
the Weiner Phil do this years ago with Karl Bohm and the player was
mentioned as using the D clarinet that one realized the value and importance
of the Viennese tradition...not to mention in this concert the player had a
wonderful sound on the D clarinet to boot!!!

As to the Bass in A I studied in France and played in various ensembles and
know that for a fact a few french players on the Bass clarinet do use it!!!
However, that was some twenty years ago.

I am also sure there are plenty of A bass clarinet parts...but alas I make
my living off playing the Soprano...there are also some great parts in
Lazzzri's Effet de Nuit with a very big opening Bass clarinet solo in it!!!
There is a bunch of repetoire that is rarely heard on this side of the

David Dow

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