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 Need an Easy but Good Sounding Duet
Author: paul 
Date:   1999-07-11 06:25

I need a good sounding but realatively easy to play duet for Bb soprano and bass clarinets. I especially need some excerpts that let both horns be heard with great tone, but that don't require finger burning expertise. Here is the list of available books that I have. If someone knows of a good set of music excerpts from these books, this will give me a chance to study them ahead of time.

Langenus 1,2,3
Rubank Advanced 1,2
Artistic Studies (Hite's Editions) Books 1,2,3
Melodious and Progressive Studies (Hite's Editions) Books 1,2
Klose' Complete, as edited by Bellison
Foundation Studies (Hite's Edition) (i.e. Baermann III)
Seven Grand Concert Duets (Hite's Edition)

The bass clarinetist is a young teenager who is just starting formal lessons on a pro grade wood bass clarinet and I'm an adult novice with a pro grade wood clarinet.

The practice time will be minimal, almost pure sight reading for the bass clarinetist, but the audience will be small, forgiving, and captive (i.e. playing for our families at home).

Thanks in advance.

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 RE: Need an Easy but Good Sounding Duet
Author: John 
Date:   1999-07-11 16:07

Paul: you have everything on your list I would put there. You can also use duets for other instruments that stay in the clarinet range such as oboe and saxophone, or even easier violin duets.

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 RE: Need an Easy but Good Sounding Duet
Author: Kontragirl (Contragirl) 
Date:   1999-07-20 00:11

You couldn't have asked a better person (sorry if that sounds conceited). Get your Rubank Volume One out, this is the one I've been working in. I'm taking lessons on the contralto and bass clarinet, so I know what most of the duets sound like on these two different instruments.
#5 (pg. 23)
#9 (pg. 28)
#12 (pg. 32)
#13 (pg. 34)
#17 (pg. 38)
Hopefully you'll both agree on one of these. I don't know how they are on high notes, but it gives a great effect (I think) if the lower clarinet plays the top line, but if the bass clarinetist is practically sight reading, they might be happier on the bottom line. Good luck!

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