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Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 11:34:07 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen @>
Subject: [CB] Clarinet Choir CDs

Well, the concert on Sunday went pretty well.  It was really nice to play contrabass in an ensemble that also has a contralto clarinet - the parts complement each other, and the sound reinforces quite a bit.  The two of us were a match for the four bass clarinets and two altos (at least, from where I was sitting...) ;-)

The final program was:

My favorite piece of the concert was Fingal's Cave - a nice piece, and well-arranged.  The contra parts smoke!  I think I'll have to order a CD of the original work.

The Bozza was interesting, scored for Eb, 2 Bbs, alto, bass, and Bb contra.  I wasn't sure we were even going to play it until the day before the concert.  Pulled out the part for the first time, and discovered it was written in Bb bass clef (a major 2nd from actual pitch).  Made for some interesting sight-reading...

Apparently, this choir assembles and plays about once per year (sigh).  The director (Janet Averett) said that we'll have a web page in the near future, for upcoming events.  In the meantime, anyone interested in being on the list (i.e., clarinet players in the San Jose area) are invited to email her at JMAverett @

The concert was recorded, and recordings are available from Gene Phillips Music Recording (218 El Camino Dr., Scott's Valley, CA 95066, 408-438-0375).  Be sure to specify the concert (San Jose Clarinet Choir concert, 4/30/00), provide your name, address, and telephone number, and send a check (payable to D.E. Phillips).  CDs are $15, cassettes = $10.  Shipping is $1.50 for the first item, and $1.00 for each additional.



Grant Green     
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Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 13:32:01 -0700
From: Tom Welsh <tom @>
Subject: [CB] contrabass balalaika?

Hi All -

Anyone seen (have?) a contrabass balalaika?
I wonder if any exist on the west coast...

New Albion

Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 16:09:57 -0500
From: Topper <leo_g @>
Subject: [CB] test


this is a test of the system which regulates the expression of historic
information used in conjuction with scientific fact and makes no claimes
against the preponderance of guilt by association that to challenge the
status quo may may cause freedom of speech to set a bad example that youth
may actually listen to alternative supplemental music education-theby be
banned from a list..

If I see this on contrabass then there is no widspread "INQUISITION"

Cheers, Leo
"You Take The High Notes"  There is a
difference between "dealers" and musicians that love not only the sound of
music but the tools which make it possible for people to play music. It's
important to set things free so they may ultimately find their way  to
their intended parties. I am especially interested in Musical Instrument
History and technical data. Please email me with interesting links. Thank
you:-) Leo


From: Opusnandy @
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 17:31:50 EDT
Subject: Re: [CB] contrabass balalaika?

I saw an electric contrabass balalaika being played a few years back at the
Santa Monica street walk shopping area in a Klezmer band.  It pretty much
sounded like an electric bass but was way cooler to look at!

Jon Carreira
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