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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 19:44:07 -0500 (EST)

Contrabass-list Digest Volume 97 : Issue 6

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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 07:31:10 -0800
From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk> (by way of Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>)
To: gdg@fr.com, contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Contrabass Clarinet Recording


I came across this while surfing the other day at http://www.emf.org/cdcat_pogus.html

Pogus Recordings for sale from Electronic Music Foundation


Fred Lonberg-Holm playing cello, Paul Hoskin playing contrabass clarinet, and Leslie Ross playing bassoon tread the fine line between composition and improvisation. In fact, they often cross over that line. In both directions. Pogus. =>#PG101 $15

I thought that all on Contrabass-l would find it of interest.


Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 07:31:02 -0800
From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk> (by way of Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>)
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Baroque Rackett


would you forward this to the list please as I only have the subscribe address not the new automated list mail address.

Yes, baroque racketts do cost more but last time I looked at the Early Music Shop (Bradford, England, U.K.) list of 2nd hand instruments for sale they had one for £550 (current exchange rate = c. $1.6 = £1.00).

I bought a 2nd hand one at this price back in October but they had another at that time. I still need to get a decent reed for it.

Non-players interested in hearing what it sounds like should get David Munrow's LP (recently re-issued on CD) THE MEDIEVAL SOUND which is also an excellent showcase for many other instruments such as Kortholts, shawms, dulcians and even a Renaissance Rackett.


P.S. Grant, any news from CDLAND re the Krenek?

Nope, no word yet.

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 08:59:37 -0800 (PST)
From: " Mats 0ljare" <oljare@hotmail.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: re:contrabass-l...

>>Recently in Sweden there was a radio broadcast of a concerto by
>>Christer Bothin,who plays bass and contra clarinet.It also featured
>>Mats Gustavsson,who plays tenor and"flutophone",and another sideman >whoplayed
>>tuba and"czimbasso".What is that really??
>>+Anyone ever heard the bass banjo??

>>Mats 0ljare

>Yep. Les Claypool of Primus has a bass banjo, and played it on (I >think)
>their most recent CD. Thunk thunk thunk thunka thunk...

I understand you didn´t know the post was meant for the list.Sorry.

Mats 0ljare,composer and baritonist

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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 08:22:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Philip Neuman <neuman@uofport.edu>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: racketts

Hi Grant,

I have built 200 or so renaissance racketts for people over the years and would like to add some thoughts to the thread on racketts.

The ren. racketts I build are patterned on the Schloss Ambras racketts at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. They have 9 parallel bores and the range of a twelfth in fundamentals and another 3rd or so in the overblown register. The fingering is basically the same as a crumhorn with the right hand moved up next to the left hand. The differences are the highest hole (thumbhole on crumhorn) is different, and there is an "extension" of a side hole and two rear holes to take the range down a fourth; so (for example) the FF great bass rackett has an F fingering but has CC as its lowest note. All the chromatics all possible.

Trevor Robinson's design has only 7 bores, which is not historical and creates the need for an odd fingering system.

I played the right-handed Schloss Ambras rackett in Vienna, but unfortunately there are many cracks through the bores and it is not in playable condition. All 3 extant ren. racketts are made of ivory.

I have also made a few baroque racketts (sausage bassoons!) and they have 10 parallel bores: the additional bore brings the final leg of the air's journey back up, through the center of the body, to end in a bassoon-like bell. The bore could be described as "pseudo-conical' because each bore is actually cylindrical, but are progressively larger in diameter.

There is a renaissance rackett quartet on our "Carnevale!" CD by the Oregon Renaissance Band (Pandourion).

Philip Neuman
709 5th Place
Oregon City, OR 97045

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 16:47:10 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
To: contrabass-list@contrabass.com
Subject: Moving Files...

Just in case anyone looks at the archives, I've moved the files. In an attempt to bring some organization to the contrabass web site (and get files out of the root directory), I've moved all of the archived digests to http://www.contrabass.com/contra-archive/*.html, including the (now) two index files ( c-arch1.html and c-arch2.html , one for each volume). The starting page will remain http://www.contrabass.com/index.html , but all other pages will move to http://www.contrabass.com/pages/*.html.


Grant D. Green gdgreen@contrabass.com
www.contrabass.com Just filling in on sarrusophone

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