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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000239.txt from 2004/10

From: "S&D Robb" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] D clarinets
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 03:19:15 -0400


A few years ago, when I was still a university student, I had the
opportunity to play D clarinet in Respighi's "Feste Romana" (the last
movement begins with a D clarinet solo, and there is a section of the
movement where 1st, 2nd & D play in unison - and what a neat sound that
was!) I was also playing Eb in wind ensemble at the time (so spent time in
the practice room with both little clarinets), and I found it very easy to
adjust to the D - even an easier adjustment than from Bb to A.

Donella Robb

-----Original Message-----
From: dnleeson []
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 12:27 PM
Subject: RE: [kl] D clarinets

The most important E-flat clarinet solo is not for E-flat
clarinet. It's Till Eulenspiegel and it is for D clarinet.
Since I never owned one, I can't comment on the instrument, but
if I had had more opportunity to play at the upper end, I would
have bought one. Why should changing from E-flat to D be any
more problematic than changing from C to B-flat, etc. I don't
consider that a problem but recognize that I have no experience
doing it.

Dan Leeson
-----Original Message-----
From: CBA []
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 12:49 PM
Subject: [kl] D clarinets


Just how many pieces would call for a D clarinet? I have been
thinking of getting one in the future, but I am not sure that
the number of pieces requiring it would warrant such a purchase.

Also, I was wondering about if one person has a D clarinet, and
the other has an Eb, when 2 of these beasts are required (I
believe Mahler does require 2 in one piece) does it cause more
problems than it is worth?

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - Computer Geek
Hattiesburg, MS

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