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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000218.txt from 2010/05

From: Martin Arnold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?
Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 14:17:58 -0400

I have Prokofieff's Love of three oranges suite for bass clarinet in C, and
I wonder if the same thing happened there. Also, Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
Suite is atypically high for bass clarinet, and I wonder if the publisher-
not Strauss, transcribed the basset horn part in the opera for the bass
clarinet in the suite.

I continue to be shocked daily.

Martin Arnold
Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Mexico City Philharmonic:
Bass Clarinet Scale Book:

On 5/22/10 12:50 PM, "Daniel Leeson" <> wrote:

> Yes. That is what happened with the Lou Harrison work. The printed part
> called a bass clarinet in C in the bass clef. And Harrison was there at the
> premiere, so I asked him why he requested such an unusually pitched clarinet
> and he said, "What!!? The publisher didn't change all the parts for C
> instruments into the generally available pitched instrument?"
> That was a shocker for me.
> Dan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joseph Wakeling" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 9:35 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?
>> On 05/22/2010 05:18 PM, Dan Leeson wrote:
>>> It is not unheard of for the composer to write for a specific instrument
>>> in
>>> a specific key and then have the publisher change the key of the
>>> instrument
>>> under the assumption that they know better what is out there.
>> Or the converse, I believe, as you experienced once with Lou Harrison
>> ... ? :-)
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