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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000400.txt from 2005/08

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Brahms 4th Symphony - 3rd Movement
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:21:36 -0400

I have no better idea to offer Tom lthan Adam's suggestions but I
am curious to know if Hadcock's statement about the c clarinet
movement requiring a low E-flat is correct. If so, it either
indicates a mechanism that I did not know existed on any clarinet
of that period (namely a low e-flat) or else a confusion in
Brahms' mind as to what was the lowest note on a clarinet.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Michlin []
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Brahms 4th Symphony - 3rd Movement


Most clarinetists are still able to sight transpose (especially
the C
transposition), certainly the best solution for the long term. As
just one
example of the advantages, imagine you got called at 5pm for a
7pm call
time to play this very piece. A computer wouldn't help much then.

Learning to transpose is an impractical solution, however, for
your short
term problem. Normally your options at this point would be to
play it at
written pitch for the audition and hope the people listening
don't have
perfect pitch (not so good a solution in general, impossible
given the low
Eb) or to transpose it out on computer/by hand. I'd suggest the
option and further suggest that you make it a long term goal to
have a
least the most common transpositions down fluently.

A program like Sibelius or Finale will easily allow you to enter
the part
and then transpose it to whatever key you wish.


PS: Be sure to thoroughly check out the transposed part after you
write it
out. Copying errors can prove disastrous.

At 10:25 AM 8/22/2005, wrote:
>Now, my question is what do most clarinetist do when faced with
>to transpose an entire movement or even an entire piece. I know
in the
>past, with a lack of computers and other technology, you were
>to just transpose in your head or write out the part long hand.
Is this
>still the practice, or is there some other way to accomplish
this? Maybe
>using a program like Sibelius?
>I was given only one week to prepare for this audition, and just
>want to take a chance on sight transposition. The music itself
is not a
>problem, its just how to go about transposing the best way. Any
>suggestions or practical advice would be much appreciated.

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