Contrabass Digest

To subscribe or unsubscribe, email



Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 14:12:22 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] "Naughty Limericks"

>The department is not entirely devoid of interest even now, though.  Just
>this weekend, I found Rodion Shchedrin's lively, jazz-influenced Concerto for
>Orchestra No. 1, "Naughty Limericks."  (I'm not sure whether the availability
>of this CD means that the vacant-eyed, mumbling employee *could* pronounce
>Shchedrin or whether he concealed complete illiteracy by simply selecting
>what to banish at random.)  The recording (Duetsche Grammophone 289 471
>136-2) includes the better-known "Carmen" Suite and the Concerto for
>Orchestra No. 2, "The Chimes."  Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National
>In "Naughty Limericks" (1963), virtuosic bass windbreakers show off a ripe,
>rich repertory of virtuoso farting noises.  Everybody who plays an instrument
>capable of a really thunderous grunt must have discovered the possibilities,
>in private and quite by accident, yes?  >;-)  I suspect that the guilty
>parties in the "Limericks" include BBb tuba, contrabass clarinet and
>contra-bassoon, at least, although they probably contrive to look innocent
>whilst casting glances of inquiry and suspicion at the bass trombone.

Sounds like a ripping bass trombone pedal tone to me...


Grant Green
Sarrusophones, contrabass reeds, &
other brobdignagian acoustic exotica   
***End of Contrabass Digest***

Next Digest ->
Previous Digest <-