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 Facade bass clarinet
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2022-12-04 00:09

I’ve been asked to play William Walton’s Facade. I’m not much of a bass clarinet player and there is bass in the part. Does anyone have a copy of the clarinet part that they could send me to help me figure out if it’s within my limited abilities? Thanks!

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 Re: Facade bass clarinet
Author: ebonite 
Date:   2022-12-04 00:17

You can view the score here:


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 Re: Facade bass clarinet
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2022-12-04 13:36

Thanks great. Thanks ebonite!

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 Re: Facade bass clarinet
Author: John Peacock 
Date:   2022-12-04 18:40

The problem here is less the notes and more the insanely fast changes. In places, you need to be playing the bass while it's in its stand already in order to have enough time to switch to/from a soprano instrument. No. 20 is the worst, where you have one bar rest to get from bass to clarinet in A (where, for good measure, you realise the previous number used clarinet in Bb, so there's an excellent chance of picking up the A and finding no reed to blow...). A clarinettist must have annoyed Walton at some point.

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 Re: Facade bass clarinet
Author: cigleris 
Date:   2022-12-04 20:52

I have the part Liquorice

Peter Cigleris

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 Re: Facade bass clarinet
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2022-12-05 11:15

Thanks John for heads up on the lightning-fast changes. And thanks for the offer Peter. What ebonite sent was enough for me to look at the score. The bass is relatively easy, so I look forward to playing this!

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