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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000652.txt from 2004/08

From: Sean Osborn <>
Subj: [kl] Debussy Rhapsodie
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 19:04:15 -0400

Dear list,

I am preparing the Debussy once again for some recitals this fall, and I
noticed something that I never noticed before in my 20+ years of performing
it. We're all familiar with several discrepencies and copying errors, but
the one I just noticed, I've never heard anyone discuss before.

14 bars after 6, and 18 after 6 do not match, but to my recollection, they
are always played the same - both with a C-natural at the end of the bar. I
checked my piano part and it also shows a C-flat at the end of 18 after
6. I do not have easy access to an orchestral score. Playing C-flat in
that measure just doesn't sound right to me, and I can't recall anyone
playing it that way, but my memory could be colored by time, age, and
repeatedly playing C-natural there myself.

I'm sure many people on this list have researched this mistake (if it is
one) in the past and can offer some insights into the correct pitch to play.

As for the 5th bar after 12 - I won't even go there! haha.


Sean Osborn

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