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Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 16:05:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: JJ McLallen <jam_ump10r @>
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

>Reed 5:  Bassoon  Those darn bassoonists. just one

A friend of mine played in WWS several yeas ago, on
Bassoon, and he became a better bassoonist because of
it. He may not have been very good, but the part was
challenging enough that one instrument is plenty of a
challenge. Besides, I wouldn't curse my bassoonist to
have to play anyithing other that the dreadfully
difficult-to-play thing he or she has now. They have
enought to worry about. Whoever did that orchestration
gets kudos from me on that part.

JJ McLallen - student repair technician

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From: "Tom Izzo" <jeanvaljean @>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 20:27:12 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra digest]

----- Original Message -----
From: JJ McLallen <jam_ump10r @>
> >Reed 5:  Bassoon  Those darn bassoonists. just one
> >horn.
> A friend of mine played in WWS several yeas ago,


Is this a new show's acronym?



From: "Matthew W. Presson" <musicmeister @>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 00:54:56 -0400
Subject: Re: [CB] WSS

I was asked to play West Side Story for a high school once.  I seem to
remember a scoring like this first, more complex one...I almost never ended
up playing the gig, though.  The director was intolerably inconsistent in
informing me of when rehearsals were.  I went twice, with 12-odd cases and
numerous stands in the car, to find that rehearsal was, in fact, on a
different day.  I played third reed, and was vested with bringing not only
all of my own instruments, but my Eb clarinet and my older piccolo, and a
bass sax and an extra bass clarinet, for the others.  The pit really looked
cool with all the instruments there.  I had to get there pretty early,
though, to be ready on time.


> For those of you who don't know the WSS score:
> Reed 1: Piccolo & Soprano Flute, Bb Soprano & Bb Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax
> Reed 2: Eb Sopranino, Bb Soprano, Bb Bass Clarinets
> Reed 3: Piccolo & Soprano Flute, Bb Sop & Bb Bass Clarinet, Oboe & Eng Horn,
>             Tenor & Baritone Saxes
> Reed 4: Piccolo & Soprano Flute, Bb Sop & Bb Bass Clarinet, Soprano & Bass Sax
> Reed 5: Bassoon (ONLY)
> That's 23 if you use all 5 books.


From: "Jean Adler" <jean @>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 09:10:39 -0500
Subject: [CB] bassoon

I believe what I meant to say when I said those darn bassoonists was that
they only had one horn to carry, as opposed to the rest of the woodwinds who
needed to rent a U-Haul to get theirs to the show.
The edition that we are playing has the bass clarinet and bassoonist playing
in unison a good portion of the show.  And yes there is some very difficult
stuff to play.  Fortunately the bassoonist and I have played together many
times and work very well together.  It would be a tough show to do if you
hadn't worked together before as a group.

I have another question entirely different.  I play on a Richard Hawkins
mouthpiece using a Rossi Bb soprano clarinet.  Have any of you ever played
on one of his bass clarinet mouthpieces?  I am thinking of having him custom
make one for me.  I play a Buffet Prestige.  What better way to spend my pit
money than on new equipment.  ;)  I am looking for a rich, dark sound...but
also need help in the higher register.

Thanks all,

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