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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000219.txt from 2010/05

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?
Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 17:30:46 -0400


The Strauss suite is an arrangement of both the bass clarinet and the basset
horns parts, which are to be played on the bass clarinet. Strauss did not
make that arrangement and probably would have been pissed off to lose the
basset horn character. The opera is really for a basset horn with a bass
clarinet double, and not the other way round.

When I performed the suite, I unwound the part and played both instruments,
only to have the conductor get pissed off at me for having violated the
instrumentation of the arrangement (which I think is by Leinsdorf).

Dan Leeson
----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Arnold" <>
To: "The Klarinet Mailing List" <>
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Clarinets for Stravinsky and DeFalla?

>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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