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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000087.txt from 2005/12

From: Steven Haaser <>
Subj: Re: [kl] clarinetists who go over to the dark side and get a
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:40:25 -0500

>No, seriously, I was wondering -- I have seen so many soprano saxes in
>the hands of non-clarinetist sax players who were trying to cover
>clarinet parts that I'm honestly wondering - how often does one
>encounter honest-to-goodness soprano sax parts in their respective
>gigging as a clarinetists or clarinet/sax player? I've been thinking
>back and while I play alto, tenor, and sometimes bari sax, I don't
>know that I've ever been asked to play sop. sax, nor have I been given
>a sop. sax part and asked to cover it on clarinet.

I've played shows where soprano is called for, e.g. Annie,
and often when playing for dinner theatre with a reduced pit, the
MD will rearrange things and I end up playing English Horn or
Oboe parts on soprano sax. But, that said, I wouldn't play
clarinet parts on soprano. On the other hand, a guy I often
work with plays saxes far better than clarinet and he is known
to grab a soprano sax when the clarinet part is too much for
him. So far the conductors haven't thrown any batons or even
dirty looks at him.


Steven A. Haaser
The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
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