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 "The Clarinet Section" CD
Author: Ebclarinet1 
Date:   2007-08-25 19:25

I just discovered this marvelous CD of "Debussy and Ravel for Clarinet Sextet" by The Clarinet Section. The CD is from Clarinet Classics and is some really cool transcriptions of classic Debussy and Ravel pieces. Ma Mere l'Oye is especially beautifully transcribed as the contra alto takes the place of the contrabassoon part in the original and does a great job. Would recommend this to any clarinet-aholic out there.

Was wondering if any of the transcriptions by Alan Andrews are available. It is definitely one I'd like to play. Some of the Eefer parts are quite cool.

Also very interesting to me was the modifications that were made to the alto and bass clarinets. The alto extends to a low C and in both the metal bells have ben replaced by wooden ones. There is a good shot of each in the inside cover of the descriptive material.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any further info.

Eefer guy

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 Re: "The Clarinet Section" CD
Author: jez 
Date:   2007-08-28 09:41

The arrangements of Mother Goose cannot become available at least till 2012 as it is still in copyright till then.
The low parts are played on a Bb contrabass. They would fit on the contra-alto but Alan preferred the sound on the lower instrument.
The picture inside the sleeve doesn't necessarily represent the actual instruments used, the 'alto' you thought was extended to C is, in fact a Basset-horn. The alto used was actually only extended to D.
I agree it is a splendid CD and look forward to further developments.
I recommend this to everyone!


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 Re: "The Clarinet Section" CD
Author: Ebclarinet1 
Date:   2007-08-28 12:04

Thanks for the info!

I would've bet that it was a contrabass clarinet that played that part but there wasn't one pictured or described so thought it must've been the contra alto. ERther way very nice.

To bad I'll have to wait until 2012 for the transcription to be published. It is one of the coolest clarinet choir pieces I've ever heard. And a great CD. Playing is superb on each instrument.

Eefer guy

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 Re: "The Clarinet Section" CD
Author: eac 
Date:   2007-08-31 13:26

I see your an Ef afficiando. May I inquire what is your set-up?

Liz Leckey

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