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list                           Tue, 21 Jul 1998           Volume 1 : Number 37

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 17:26:25 -0500
From: Matthew Hanson <>
Subject: WANTED: Albert system Contra

I am looking for an Albert system Contra clarinet in either F or Eb.
Would anyone with ANY info please email me privately.
Matthew Hanson


Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 20:26:46 -0400
From: lederm3 <>
Subject: seeing double (seeing double-bass?)

Just want to make sure that everyone knows that I take lots of stereo photos of
big, low-pitched instruments, and musicians (not always big ones, though.)
Steven Lederman


Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 22:37:24 -0700
Subject: OK Mozart - Contrbassoon

I've had a few requests for info on the OK Mozart Contrabassoon/Viola
duets, so here is the review from the front page of the area paper (CBS
Tulsa News recorded one of our two rehearsals, and ABC recorded the
concert - it will be on Performance Today (at least in Oklahoma) in

Main headline: "Classic pieces, fabulous shows"
Other headline:
"Brothers mix viola, contrabassoon for new recipe"

By Carol Cole
Special to the E-E

Blend the unlikely combination of viola and contrabassoon, and you have a
recipe for an unpredictable and entertaining program for Wednesday's OK
Mozart Festival Price Tower Mini-Concert of contemporary music.

Brothers Paul and David Neubauer took the Price Tower stage to perform a
world premiere of Salt Lake City composer Kelly Richardson's "ContrAlto."

Richardson created a haunting European-flavored melody to mesh the
talents of OK Mozart Chamber Series director Paul Neubauer's talents on
the viola with older brother David Neubauer on the contrabassoon.

David Neubauer plays contrabassoon in the New York Solisti Orchestra
along with headlining two Mozart Magic shows during the OK Mozart
International Festival.

It was a totally unique composition observed Paul Neubauer, since there
was no available repertoire for the combination of the two instruments.
"There is nothing nothing," said Paul.  The occasion provided another
nostalgic first.

"It's the first time (for the brothers to perform) on stage together in
this capacity since we played together in a youth orchestra," he said.

They bridged the couple of decades gap with the performance of
"ContrAlto" cleverly titled to meld the "contra" of the contra-bassoon
with the reference to the viola's use of the alto clef.

The duo seamlessly passed the melody back and forth featuring the nimble
virtuosity of Paul's viola performance, with the rich, dark resonance of
David's contra-bassoon.  The brothers followed with a musical impression
of stand-up comedy, playing Georges Boulanger's "Lunatic Polka," adapted
for viola and contrabassoon.

Paul coerced multiple effects from his viola in the fast-paced piece with
the comic contrast of David's counterpoint on contra.  Their performance
elicited appreciative laughter at several points from the standing room
only audience.

OK Mozart executive director Nan Buhlinger pointed out before the concert
that the attendance broke a record in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed

Before the brothers took the stage, Paul introduced the program with two
selections with the fast paced "Cadenza for viola solo" by Krzysztof
Penderecki, and plaintive "A Bird came down the Walk" for viola,
accompanied be pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 12:01:45 -0500
From: "Jeffrey L. Shlosberg" <>
Subject: Stereo Photography and the Contrabass list

Count me as another with interests in both the ultralow and the three-dimensional.
I don't have any particular theory as to what the connection may be -- perhaps there is
a psych grad student out there who could use a topic for a thesis and then let us know
what has afflicted us.....
There is a very active listserv of the 3D community called "Photo-3D". To subscribe,
send your email message as follows:
                   From: Your e-mail address
                   Subject: Leave this blank
                   [body of message] subscribe photo-3d your_full_name

>  To: <>
>  Subject: 3-D & Contrabass connection?
>  Message-ID: <v01510100b1d53b2ecc62@[]>
>  Hmm. I notice by a recent message yet a third person on the Contrabass list
>  who also dabbles in stereo photography. What's the connection? Maybe all
>  those low-frequency vibrations make us see double? >>
> Yeah! Me too!
> I guess we are people who really enjoy our various senses. Things like
> Sensurround, Scratch-N-Sniff and Deep Vision are very exciting, no?!
> There is a mailing list called Photo3d. I've forgotten the details. Once I get
> my new computer sorted out, I'm sure I'll be able to find the email address.
> For starters try a web search tool like Yahoo ( and use
> keywords like 3D, stereophotography, anaglyph, Nimslo, stereopticon, etc.
> Do it Deeper!

Jeffrey L. Shlosberg            "It's NOT cut; it's NOT dried..."
900 E. 79th Street Suite 301    -- Alan Arkin as Shel Kornpett, DDS
Bloomington, MN  55420          -- "The In-Laws" - 1979


Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 15:10:46 +0000
From: Kilmer <>
Subject: Serpent

Just want to say before I get started,
my message is NOT about stereo photography!

I have a sort of extra interest for the more classical and medieval
instruments. I've constructed a couple myself out of instructions,but
there's one I'd like to get/create.
The Serpent.
Does anyone know if anyone MAKES Serpents?(i'm sure they aren't exactly
in mass-production).
Does anyone know HOW you can make a serpent(measurments,hole
placement,mouthpiece type)?
And finally,are there any sites on the ineternet about this instrument
or how to make it?

Thank you



Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 16:55:01 EDT
From: <>
Subject: Re:  Serpent

In a message dated 07-21-98 4:10:37 PM, you wrote:
>Does anyone know if anyone MAKES Serpents?(i'm sure they aren't exactly
>in mass-production).
>Does anyone know HOW you can make a serpent(measurments,hole
>placement,mouthpiece type)?
>And finally,are there any sites on the ineternet about this instrument
>or how to make it?

I have some links to serpent-related web sites on my site listed below.  Also
check Christopher Monk Instruments in the commercial links section.  They
manufacture and sell new serpents.

Brass Musical Instruments


Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 15:19:14 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Contrasax websighting


During a random webcrawl, I ran across a site for Musikmesse, a Frankfurt
DE music company (of some sort).  My German's a bit rusty, but the first
page ( has a series of
thumbnail links, apparently from a music show.  One of the pictures is of
ORSI's contrabass sax being played by a woman, with a reed contrabass on a
stand behind her.  There are a few other interesting shots, including a
double-belled *trombone*.



Grant D. Green             Just filling in on sarrusophone
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