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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000069.txt from 2010/11

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Peter and the Wolf
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:11:07 -0500

The original orchestration of Peter and the Wolf included a clarinet in
B-flat that had the extension down to low E-flat. The A clarinet's
usurpation of the part derives from the fact that so few American
clarinetists had the extended instrument. I did, and played it that way on
a number of occasions.

A few years ago I was present in Colmar, France when the Russian National
Orchestra was giving a concert, and after the concert I spoke (though an
interpreter) with the principal clarinet player. His B-flat had the
extension and I asked him how the Peter and the Wolf was done in Russia
today. He said he did not know how it was done in general, but he used the
B-flat clarinet.

Dan Leeson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Clinton F. Nieweg" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 9:17 AM
Subject: [kl] Peter and the Wolf

> The score and parts were re-printed by Edwin F. Kalmus from the original
> Russian material, which included any mistakes made by the Russian
> engravers/copyists. In 1999 due to the GATT treaty the work was restored
> to
> copyright. The parts are now on rental only, from G. Schirmer rental
> dept.
> Chester NY.
> These scores are for sale:
> PROKOFIEV, Sergei Sergeievich (1891-1953)
> Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (E/Sp).
> M-060-11076-4 large score 80.00
> M-060-02096-1 miniature score (E/Sp) 26.95
> ------------------------------------
> Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (R).
> SIK02291 large score (8"x 12") (German text) 42.00
> -----------------------------
> Title: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (R-E-G).
> ETP1393 miniature score 17.95
> ----
> From: "Kenneth Metz" <>
> Subject: [kl] Peter and the Wolf (revisited)
> I had the opportunity to sight read an A clarinet part this afternoon and
> discovered some very obvious discrepancies with (at least) articulations
> based upon having heard it recorded so many times (e.g., the third note of
> the first and subsequent appearances of the signature "cat" melody are all
> written as staccato, rather than tenuto, accented or just unmodified).
> This
> part was handwritten although the accompanying Bb part was a type set
> printing and was clearly published by Kalmus (with the same staccato
> markings). The latter also included a low D# to be played on a Bb
> instrument! Both parts had been photocopied, so I'm guessing that the A
> part
> was also a Kalmus publication, although that didn't make it through the
> copying process. A review of prior posts on this subject (esp. in July
> 2008)
> suggests that the A part may contain additional errors.
> So, here's my question: Can anyone point me to a more accurate
> transcription
> of the A clarinet part that they would recommend?
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