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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000198.txt from 2010/05

From: Michael Nichols <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Correction re. Stravinsky
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 12:26:38 -0400

I have the ballet score. Just looking at the first few pages, it
calls for 3 clarinets and 1 bass clarinet. One of the 3 doubles on
"piccolo clarinet." It doesn't explicitly state whether it's a
clarinet in D or in Eb (the instructions to change instruments are not
in the score), and because Stravinsky uses fake key signatures it's
even more unclear--I'd have to try it out at the piano to figure it
out, which I can't do right at the moment. I'd have to go through the
rest of the score to figure out if the bass player also doubles on
soprano--so far in the score the bass player doesn't. What I think I
can say from the score, though, is that the eefer player sits 3rd
chair and the bass player is a separate player from the eefer player.

But suffice it to say that, for practical purposes, the ballet DOES
require 4 players--one needs an eefer (or maybe a "d'fer" if you're
lucky enough to own one) and one needs a bass.


On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Lelia Loban <> wrote:
> I sent the wrong version of the second paragraphy of my previous mail --
> I've seen conflicting information about Igor Stravinsky's 1910 ballet, "The
> Firebird," and the 1911 "Firebird Suite." Some sources say the score calls
> for three clarinet players, unspecified except that one of them doubles on
> E-flat clarinet. Other sources say the score calls for three clarinets,
> unspecified except that one of them doubles on clarinet in D, and also calls
> for a bass clarinet. Can anyone say for sure?
> Thanks very much!
> Lelia Loban
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