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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000123.txt from 2005/07

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Music for clarinet and baritone/tenor voice
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 10:55:10 -0400

A "fit" is somewhat of an exaggeration. The question is what is the gender
of the singer in Schubert's song. Because the song is generally sung by a
woman there is an implication that the text only works if the singer is a
woman. But it turns out that it does not seem to make much of a difference.
And since a great number of Schubert's songs can be sung either by a man or
a woman (though not all -- the Erlking is strictly a man's song because of
the constant reference to "Father, father" by the child referenced in the
song -- I think that SOTR might work for a man. However, the fioriture of
the vocal part in the allegro is such that you will find few men capable of
handling it. All things being equal I prefer a woman singing the text, but a
man accompanied by a basset horn (not a bass clarinet) might be very nice.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Smith []
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Music for clarinet and baritone/tenor voice

Fred, it's funny you should mention bass clarinet - I play a little
bass clarinet and when this topic line came up I immediately thought
"take the usual soprano vocal/clarinet repertoire, such as "Shepherd
on the rock," and take EVERYTHING down an octave..."

I've got a mental - picture is not the right word - mental recording?
right now of a tenor and a bass clarinet doing SOTR -- now people in
the office don't know why I'm laughing, and if I explain, it will seem
even more eccentric. dah DAH da da da da da...

I also have a mental picture of Dan having a fit, which is even funnier. :-)

On 7/6/05, Fred Jacobowitz <> wrote:
> Dominic Argento's "To Be Sung Upon The Water" can, I believe, be done
> with a baritone. It requires doubling on Bass Clarinet but it is a
> fabulous work. At least 15 on a scale of 10.
> Fred Jacobowitz

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