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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 16:18:11 -0700
From: Frank Diaz <>
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

Hi all. It was definitely Joseph Holbrooke who wrote "Apollo and
Seaman". I understand that it was only performed twice, within days of
each other in 1908. Holbrooke wrote for (at least) 3 oboes, 1 English
Horn, 1 Eb Clarinet, 2 Bb Clarinets, 1 F Alto Clarinet (not listed as
Basset Horn), 1 Bb Bass Clarinet, 1 Eb Alto Sarrusophone (listed as a
"soprano"), 1 Bb Soprano Saxophone, 1 Eb Contrabass Sarrusophone and a
Bb Tenor Saxophone ! I don't believe it has been recorded. Holbrooke
wrote a lot of music, I believe, but it never caught on and is not
performed much. Does anyone know otherwise?

As for Sidney Bechet and the Sarrusophone, Baines list "The Sheik of
Araby" as the other of SB's sarrusophone recording. I've never heard
this recording. I do have "Mandy, Make Up Your Mind", though. It's
neat !

Frank Diaz

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> Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 19:15:05 -0400
> From: Gerald Corey <>
> Subject: Re:
> Reply-To:
> Hello Bret (et al).. Well, you tickled my fancy this time! I understand that you
> are impressed by the grandiosity of things.. this is a valuable asset for the
> young and not so young. But I would like to point you to a brilliant piece of
> literature by a superb former master musician, Sir Thomas Beecham. In his
> exceptionally funny autobiography is my favorite chapter. First of all, the
> autobiography is entitled, "A Mingled Chime" (already a clue to its contentular
> splenditude). The chapter in question is titled "Apollo and the Seaman" This is
> a real tour de force 19th century monstrosity piece which Beecham performed (the
> world premiere). The chapter I love has to do with the fact that Butterfield,
> the composer (or was it another English minorpiece composer, I am not certain)
> called for a part with a solo passage written for it -- to be played by a bass
> Sarrusophone. None was present in England or a player familiar with its keywork.
> However, through letter transmission (the old substitute for today's "e-mail"..
> he learned that there was an aged frenchman who was highly experienced in
> playing the bass Sarrusophone and that this player would be available for the
> world premiere performance of "Apollo and the Seaman" - provided that his
> passage across the English channel, full acommodation in a fine hotel, a
> splendid salary and spending money were all provided. The rest of the chapter
> explains the unusual outcome to this entire project.. one which I am sure you
> will enjoy knowing about (just read the book) before you add a part for the same
> instrument to your coming symphony. Best wishes to you, both in composition and
> in maintaining your vision under presssure. Sincerely yours, Gerald Corey
> Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 20:09:55 -0400
> From: Robert Howe <>
> Subject: Re: Apollo and the Seaman
> Reply-To:
> "Apollo and the Seaman" is by Joseph Holbrook.  See Forsyth's
> Orchestration text, as reprinted by Dover, for a precis of Beecham's
> comments.
> Robert Howe

From: "Bret Newton" <>
Subject: new sarrusophone
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 16:42:27 PDT

Does anyone know what a new sarrusophone of any size from Orsi would cost?
Grant,Is there any chance that you might be able to post a recording of your
tenor sarrusophone or give some details about it?
Bret Newton

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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 20:01:03 EDT
Subject: Re:  [Contra digest]

I have two Tarogatos for sale, both original.  One is from early in this
century, the other more modern with a more complete key system.
Also, are there any Eb contra-alto clarinets for sale?

 And speaking of Rothophones, my tenor was imported by Buescher for
sale in this country.  It was part of a set for the Elks club in Phila, and
there is a beautiful and elaborate engraving of an Elk on the emaciated bell.
 Does not help the sound, though.
I also have a second tenor Rothophone (silver plated, original case, etc) for
trade or possible sale.
Paul Cohen

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 08:37:19 +0800 (SGT)
From: (Joel Koh)
Subject: Re: [Contra digest]

Hi Contra Bass List,

There is a sarrusophone on ebay.



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