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 Bitsch etude #3
Author: Annika 
Date:   2007-09-17 18:59

Hi,

I'm wondering if anyone has a copy of the "Twelve Rythmical Studies for Clarinet" by Marcel Bitsch. I just recieved mine with the mail today, and right now I'm looking at the third etude. There seems to be a typo in the eleventh bar in this edition. So my simple question is if someone could please bother to check their copy to see how it was intended to read. I have: 1/16 pause, 1/16 B flat, 3/16 (dotted eighth) F, 1/16 pause, 1/16 G, 1/8 B flat, 1/16 D, 1/16 C, 1/8 pause. No matter how many times I count this it always ends up as being 1/16 too long for a 3/4 measure. So, what should be skipped - the dot, or half of the last pause, or what? Maybe it should actually even be a 13/16 measure (You never know with Bitsch)?

Best regards, Annika



Post Edited (2007-09-18 08:14)

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: Ski 
Date:   2007-09-18 03:15

Can't help you with the specifics of the piece, but it sounds like it's a Bitsch to play...





[grin]

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: johng 2017
Date:   2007-09-18 03:42

The second note (f) in bar 11 is an 8th note in my Leduc edition dated 1957. This gives the measure the correct number of beats.

I have always enjoyed this book. It is tuneful enough and gives you good work in complex rhythms.

John Gibson, Founder of JB Linear Music, www.music4woodwinds.com

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: Jack Kissinger 
Date:   2007-09-18 05:08

I agree with John, though my copy looks like yours. I think the dot is actually just a random accidental spot. While its shape looks like a dot, it is not spaced evenly between the lines as the dots are on all the intentional dotted quarters later. Also note that, in all the permutations, there isn't another dotted eighth note -- only dotted quarters in the bottom half of the page. Finally, I see in my copy another spurious dot in the first measure of the fifth system from the end on the last (eighth) note in the measure. The dot has good shape but is far too close to the stem. My edition looks as though it was produced through photocopy rather than engraving -- probably some dots (fly specks?) on the lens.

Not so much a Bitsch to play as fun to play at the Bitsch.

Best regards,
jnk

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: Annika 
Date:   2007-09-18 08:23

Thanks a lot for the help! I'm glad it's the dot that should go, as that sounds the best and is the least difficult to play. And you're right Jack, at a closer examination the dot does look like random spot -- but in a very confusing place.

And John, I agree it looks like a fun and rythmically useful collection of studies to play. Now I'll fold my computer shut and assemble my clarinet to play some Bitsch!

Best regards, Annika

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-09-18 11:50

"Can't help you with the specifics of the piece, but it sounds like it's a Bitsch to play..."

I managed to resist that (even though I was so close to replying with something along the same lines), though I knew it was only a short matter of time before someone had to take the bait!

Chris.

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 Re: Bitsch etude #3
Author: Ski 
Date:   2007-09-18 12:43

"I managed to resist that (even though I was so close to replying with something along the same lines), though I knew it was only a short matter of time before someone had to take the bait!"

From reading this forum I've learned about clarinets and resistance; but, you see, I haven't been playing for that long...

[grin]

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