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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000139.txt from 2008/05

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Bass in A
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 12:38:27 -0400

On Thu, 22 May 2008 02:16:51 +0200, "Rien Stein" <>:
> Maybe I have a somewhat simplistic mind, but I have always thought the
> number of sharps and flats should never pose a problem to pro players!
> And even to an amateur like me five sharps, the key of B-major, is well
> playably. I played the "Rhapsody on Dutch folksongs" by Geza Frid with
> a professional piano player.The tonality varies between five sharps (B
> major) and six flats (g-flat major), and she said, when she saw the
> piece the first time (my six flats were eight for her!):

Only modern experimental music would be written in eight flats, since
that requires a double-flat in the key signature. Given the composition
date of that piece (1949), the piano part must be in E major with four

Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.


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