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 Star Wars "Cantina Band" instruments
Author: Dingos 
Date:   2019-01-27 12:39

I have read that to perform the piece “Cantina Band” from “Stars Wars” John Williams brought in nine jazz musicians: a trumpet, two saxophones, a saxophonist who also played clarinet, a Fender Rhodes piano, a Caribbean steel drum, another drum, an ARP synthesizer for the bass and various other percussion. To give it that alien quality, the bottom end of the sound was minimized, with added reverb working to thin the instruments out even more.

But I asking me if the clarinet is a soprano clarinet or a bass clarinet??
I don’t sure… I think it's a soprano clarinet, but sometimes the colour of the sound seems a bass clarinet. Besides, in the original soundtrack, you can hear the sound of the noisy keys of the clarinet and this is more usual for bass clarinet...

You can hear the piece here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axZemDfcfX8

Anybody can answer me if it is a soprano clarinet or a bass clarinet??
Thanks and sorry for my English.



Post Edited (2019-01-27 16:30)

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 Re: Star Wars "Cantina Band" instruments
Author: davyd 
Date:   2019-01-27 18:17

Your English is fine.

According to a "sketch score" (published in a 1977 "deluxe souvenir folio") four reed instruments are necessary: soprano sax, two alto saxes, and clarinet. Presumably the doubler overdubbed their second part.

The clarinet is mostly in the lowest octave whenever it is prominent. There's no indication of a bass clarinet. There's no indication of a keyboard instrument either.

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 Re: Star Wars "Cantina Band" instruments
Author: Dingos 
Date:   2019-01-28 17:11

Thanks for your detailed answer, davyd ;)

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