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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000199.txt from 2010/05

From: Michael Nichols <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Correction re. Stravinsky
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 12:57:38 -0400

I just realized I had a piano score to the Firebird, too. So it seems
that the piccolo clarinet part IS for clarinet in D--or at least part
of it is--because it's a whole step lower than the piano score.


On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Michael Nichols
<> wrote:
> I have the ballet score. =A0Just looking at the first few pages, it
> calls for 3 clarinets and 1 bass clarinet. =A0One of the 3 doubles on
> "piccolo clarinet." =A0It 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. =A0I'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. =A0What 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.
> Mike
> On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Lelia Loban <> =
>> I sent the wrong version of the second paragraphy of my previous mail --
>> I've seen conflicting information about Igor Stravinsky's 1910 ballet, "=
>> Firebird," and the 1911 "Firebird Suite." Some sources say the score cal=
>> for three clarinet players, unspecified except that one of them doubles =
>> 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 c=
>> for a bass clarinet. Can anyone say for sure?
>> Thanks very much!
>> Lelia Loban
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