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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000140.txt from 2007/12

From: "Daniel Leeson" <dnleeson@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Tarogato
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 18:37:56 -0500

What happend to Dante fabulous collection of stuff after he passed away, =
assuming he did pass away. I have not seen him in 25 years?

Where is your store in Santa Cruz. Maybe one afternoon when I have =
nothing to do, I'll come down and you can buy me a Marianne ice cream =
cone. I don't think I have spelled it correctly, but it is right on =
Santa Cruz Blvd. Do you know it?

Dan Leeson
dnleeson@-----.net=20
SKYPE: dnleeson

-----Original Message-----
From: kurtheisig@-----.net]
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 3:25 PM
To: klarinet@-----.org
Subject: RE: [kl] Tarogato

Danny,

Dante Profumo owned:

During the 30's he had played with the Chicago Symphony and Xavier =
Cugat. For some reason, which he never explained to me, he joined the =
Army Band, 10th Cavalry Regiment. The Army was poor in the 30's, and as =
the librarian he purchased much of the music himself. When Patton formed =
the 2nd Armored Division 2 bands were combined and the library was =
surplussed, with Dante as the owner. He got tired of haulage and storage =
and donated the library.
Danny, you have played some of the pieces in Santa Cruz with The =
Hastings Band (now Heisig-Hastings Band), for that is where Dante =
donated it. Later it went to the now defunct Local 346, and I purchased =
it from the Union after I became conductor. For those interested in old =
band libraries, much of it can be seen at Kurt Heisig Music in Santa =
Cruz. previous conductors had just dumped the music on the floor of the =
Union Hall after performances and It is getting much closer now to being =
sorted and usable. (Volunteers for sorting are WELCOME!)

Dante told me with relish about the time he was leading an Army =
Band---presumably a dance band--and a distinguished guest asked for a =
GERMAN number! Off the tops of their heads they did one and der Deicke =
(spelling?) handed them a tip---a ten dollar bill. Goering himself!

In a community band I conducted he brought a Heckelphone in to play =
sometimes.=20

I forget which of the low woodwinds--a sub-contra bass clarinet?--Dante =
told me about, but whenever they needed one for the movies or tv in LA, =
he was the only one that had one, so he ALWAYS was the player, and he =
told me for that horn he had to own that VW bus, and would carry it to =
LA in that bus.

Kurt

-----Original Message-----
>From: Daniel Leeson <dnleeson@-----.net>
>Sent: Dec 23, 2007 9:40 AM
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: RE: [kl] Tarogato
>
>I know what a contrabassoon looks like, independent of the material =
from
>which it is made, though different materials may force a different
>appearance. What I saw, and what the owner confirmed, was metal
>contrabassoon. When I asked the owner where he got it, he said that it =
had
>belonged to a basoonist with one of Belgium's main orchestras. The =
Belgian
>had died and the new owner, Dante Profumo, bought it. Profume played
>everything. I worked with him when he played basset horn on one job. =
On
>Another he played heckelphone. On others he played clarinet, regular
>bassoon, and English horn.
>
>His playing was not great, but he owned one of everything. I jokingly =
asked
>him if he owned a bass clarinet in A, and said that he had two of them.
>Don't know where they went after he died.
>
>Dan Leeson
>dnleeson@-----.net
>SKYPE: dnleeson
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jacob Lindsay [mailto:jacobmakesnoise@-----.com]
>Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 9:28 AM
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: RE: [kl] Tarogato
>
>
>Was it a contrabass sarrusaphone, or really just a
>metal contabassoon?
>
>There are some great recordings of Gerald Oshita
>playing sarrusaphones with Roscoe Mitchell and Thomas
>Buckner.
>
>Back on the Taragoto angle, Peter Brotzmann is another
>player who uses that (plenty of recordings), though
>certainly not traditional.
>
>
>--- Daniel Leeson <dnleeson@-----.net> wrote:
>
>> I remember Dante well. We did a performance of
>> Strauss' Alpine Symphony and he played a metal
>> contrabassoon. I had never seen one before, and
>> have not seen one since. He was not a particularly
>> elegant player, but boy was he versatile!!!
>>
>> Dan Leeson
>> dnleeson@-----.net
>> SKYPE: dnleeson
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: kurtheisig@-----.net
>> [mailto:kurtheisig@-----.net]
>> Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 11:44 PM
>> To: klarinet@-----.org
>> Subject: RE: [kl] Tarogato
>>
>>
>> Danny,
>>
>> Remember Dante Profumo who used to play such things
>> as the Tarogato and contra bass bassoon in our area
>> and in the LA studios?
>>
>> He used to keep Wagner Tuben to rent to symphonies
>> when they needed them.
>>
>> He used to own a VW bus just to transport the larger
>> horns.
>>
>> Kurt
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> >From: Daniel Leeson <dnleeson@-----.net>
>> >Sent: Dec 20, 2007 12:14 PM
>> >To: klarinet@-----.org
>> >Subject: RE: [kl] Tarogato
>> >
>> >The Canadian instrument maker, Steve Fox, who made
>> my basset horn also makes
>> >taragotos.
>> >
>> >Dan Leeson
>> >dnleeson@-----.net
>> >SKYPE: dnleeson
>> >
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Fred [mailto:fred.sheim@-----.net]
>> >Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:00 PM
>> >To: klarinet@-----.org
>> >Subject: [kl] Tarogato
>> >
>> >
>> >I just got itchy to get a Tarogato- don't ask me
>> why. My question
>> >is, is it like a wooden soprano sax? I have a
>> soprano sax. Do I
>> >need the full system or the simple system? Where
>> would I get one anyway?
>> >
>> >Thanks in advance.
>> >
>> >Fred
>> >
>> >
>>
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