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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000223.txt from 2010/05

From: Simon Aldrich <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet in C
Date: Sun, 23 May 2010 12:36:46 -0400

>Does anyone still make a D?

Absolutely. At one point I owned two Buffet D clarinets. I sold my
older one when I got a more recent Buffet RC Prestige.
I play the D quite often (imagine the opening of Daphnis in no sharps
or flats, rather than 6 sharps, as it is for Eb clarinet).
In Europe it seems more common for Eb players to own a D clarinet. One
European orchestral Eb player told me, "Over here if you play Eb in an
big orchestra, you will own a D clarinet as well, like soprano-players
own a Bb and A clarinet".
Till Eulenspiegel' "Eb" part is actually for D clarinet. Half of the
Rite of Spring "Eb" part is on D. The Schoenberg Op.9 Chamber Symphony
"Eb"part is actually a D part with a bit of Eb in the middle. Mahler
parts contain a lot of D clarinet, etc.
The sound of the D clarinet is a lot more mellow than that of the Eb;
as different from the Eb clarinet sound as the Bb clarinet's sound
from that of the the C clarinet.
I hope this does not start a crusade against people who play D parts
on Eb, like the occasional crusades against people who play C parts on
Bb. :)
Simon Aldrich

Clarinet Faculty - McGill University
Principal Clarinet - Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal
Principal Clarinet - Orchestre de l'Opera de Montreal
Artistic Director - Jeffery Summer Concerts
Clarinet - Nouvel Ensemble Moderne

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