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 Firebird and "Squeak" Fingerings
Author: gregbaker112@gmail.com 
Date:   2019-05-07 04:06


Found out today that our Summer Orchestra this season at the University of Minnesota is performing Firebird Suite (1919). Not sure which version.

When it comes to the Variation:

1. Is the Peter Hadcock Working Clarinetist part completely correct?

2. I can not get the overtone fingerings to speak. They grunt. And it's worse if I try to slow it down.

Any advice? Thanks.


Greg Baker

😀 "Hey! I got nothing to do today but smile."
-Paul Simon

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 Re: Firebird and
Author: Ed 
Date:   2019-05-07 04:10

I recall when I studied with Robert Marcellus I asked him about fingerings for Firebird. I had some previous studies with teachers who had prescribed an assortment of alternate and overtone fingerings. I asked Marcellus what fingerings he suggested. He paused, looking a little confused and said "all the regular ones".

Post Edited (2019-05-07 05:14)

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 Re: Firebird and "Squeak" Fingerings
Author: gregbaker112@gmail.com 
Date:   2019-05-07 04:33


Ha!! Sounds just like him. 😄

Coincidentally I was listening to him coach Rachmaninov 2nd Symphony the other night, (on the Northwestern web site) and that was his High D advice too.

Now if only Stravinsky had given a straight answer about the flute measure!!

Greg Baker

😀 "Hey! I got nothing to do today but smile."
-Paul Simon

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 Re: Firebird and "Squeak" Fingerings
Author: DAVE 
Date:   2019-05-08 04:19

Grunts usually come from a reed that's too soft or improper voicing/pressure from the emboucher or both. Go to a practice room and don't leave until you stop grunting on those notes. Try everything.

Most everyone uses fake fingerings on that one. Funny thing about Marcellus is that while the stories I hear say he never used alternate fingerings, I have a recording where he very clearly uses a side D, the trill fingering. He sounded fantastic using it.

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