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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000209.txt from 2010/05

From: Martin Arnold <moctezuma@-----.mx>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 20:17:40 -0400

On 5/21/10 5:45 PM, "Keith Bowen" <keith.bowen@-----.com> wrote:

> You are of course correct. However, Stravinsky did call for the bass in A
> once, in the Rite of Spring (1913), three years after Firebird, so he at
> least knew by then. I didn't discover any other Stravinsky uses.
>
Hey Keith,

My Rite of Spring that we play in the orchestra is all in Bb. Was that bass
clarinet in A in a ballet version? Otherwise, I too have seen no Stravinsky
works for bass clarinet in A.

Cheers,

Martin Arnold
Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Mexico City Philharmonic: http://www.aztecpress.com.mx/martinarnold/
Bass Clarinet Scale Book: http://www.aztecpress.com.mx

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Leeson [mailto:dnleeson@-----.net]
> Sent: 21 May 2010 23:03
> To: The Klarinet Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?
>
> I thank Lelia for summarizing the clarinet requirements of both the De Falla
>
> and the Stavinsky work. I want to comment on the Stravinsky.
>
> She is correct in reporting the three clarinets in A plus a bass clarinet in
>
> B-flat. That is exactly the kind of instrumentation that calls for a bass
> clarinet in A, which allows all four players to be in the same key, thereby
> uncomplicating the task of the composer.
>
> I suspect that Stravinskyh requested the bass clarinet in B-flat because he
> probably believed that either there was no such instrument or else that it
> was unlikely to find a player who owned one.
>
> Keith Bowen, who recently did a Master's dissertation on the bass clarinet
> in A, probably realizes this anomaly better than I, Yet at the same time,
> and in defense of Stravinsky, Strauss will, on occasion, have six clarinets
> playing in three different keys, for example 1 in D and E-flat, 2 in B-flat,
>
> 2 in A, and a bass in both B-flat and A.
>
> Makes life difficult for the composer and somewhat confusing for the
> players.
>
> Dan Leeson
>
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