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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000495.txt from 2004/08

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Subj: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:14:04 -0400

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Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 1:06 PM
Subject: [kl] Bass Clarinet in A

> ----- Dear Dan and others:
> The bass clarinet in A is also the instrument choosen for the Daphnis
> from Ravel and is also scored for in the Kammersinfonie of Schoenberg Op.
> 9....this early Schoenberg work is really quite important in the canon of
> Schoenberg's music because of the incredible clarity of textures etc. I
> really think there is a something to this arguement but alas makers today
> are not happy to include the Bass in A and like any animal going extinct
> it's pretty hard to find an arguement for it. Costs of production are
> about bottom line and whether Marketing can maintain profits etc.
> I believe there is a Bantock piece which has an extensive solo for Bass in
> as the repetoire does have some pretty strong pointing towards
> the discretion of using such a beast. I could only remember in France
> feeling the Bass in A had a nice round dark sound over the counterpart Bb
> which I have played a wee bit.
> There has also been a good deal of concern as to production quality in
> normal clarinet making to warrant concern over buying a somewhat more
> expensive A instrument!!

> David Dow
> Symphony NB
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