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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000080.txt from 2010/12

From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] YouTube Symphony Competition - Clarinets
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:44:08 -0500

Au contraire! Given the wide range of recording venues and, no doubt
equipment, I would have been shocked to hear any consistency of results at

As to playing an instrument in the correct key for certain pieces, if I were
running the competition, I would have assumed that many, if not all, of the
auditioners would have found it quite impossible to acquire an A bass, or
even an A soprano clarinet in some cases. I would have stated in the rules
that all pieces be performed on Bb instruments without transposition, just
to make it fair. For the actual performance, the winners can find or be
provided with the correct horn.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Leeson
> Subject: Re: [kl] YouTube Symphony Competition - Clarinets
> I listened to every one, and was startled to hear that the sound
> quality
> varied considerably, in some cases giving a very unsatisfactory quality
> to
> the clarinet player's sound.
> The bass clarinet competition has the Russian dance section of the
> Nutcracker. It is scored for bass clarinet in A. It's rather difficult
> on a
> B-flat bass, but all of them played it accurately. I wonder if they
> simply
> did not transpose. They are playing alone and who would know? That
> also
> caused me to raise my eyebrow when the clarinet players started with
> the
> Mozart concerto and then followed with a Rimsky-Korsakov excerpt and
> then
> the Mendelssohn scherzo from the Midsummer Night's dream, all without
> changing clarinets, which says that some of the pieces were played in
> the
> wrong key or else the players were transposing (which I doubt).
> Dan Leeson

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