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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000089.txt from 2005/12

From: Gary Van Cott <gary@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] clarinetists who go over to the dark side and get a
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:48:45 -0500

Aside from use as a jazz solo instrument, soprano sax is used most
prominently in the SATB sax quartet, and it is found in some older band
music. (I was transcribing a march that was written in 1922 and it had a
soprano part which I rewrote as a first alto sax part.) I believe it is
also found in some musical theatre books.

I always wanted one, almost bought one (Selmer Mark VI) in Hong Kong in
1973, but now will probably never get one. After all I need a bass
clarinet and maybe a basset horn much more.

Gary
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At 08:29 AM 12/14/05, you wrote:

>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.

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