Vol. 4, No. 12

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Contrabass-list Sat, 18 Oct 1997 Volume 1 : Number 12

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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 18:49:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: PaulC135@aol.com
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #11

In a message dated 971017 10:21:5 PM, you wrote:

<< There *are* a few orchestral saxophone parts. "Bolero", "Lt. Kije Suite", and a number of more modern works call for one or more saxophones. (Paul, Paul, care to expound?) However, it is true that most of the orchestral repertoire does not include sax.>>

There are a surprising number of often played orchestral works that use saxophone. Enough so that I teach a course in the orchestral saxophone at two colleges. A few examples: works by Bizet, Strauss, Massenet, Ravel (2) Prokofiev (5) Gershwin (3 that are often played) Weill, Hindemith, Bartok, Kodaly, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Harris, Adams, Glass, Bernstein (4) Rachmaninoff, Britten (2) Shostakovich, Copland (2), Martin, Vaughan-Williams (3) Honegger, and many new works.

None, however, use contrabass saxophone (a few use bass!)

Paul Cohen

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 19:01:04 -0700
From: dnmagic@juno.com (David A Neubauer)
Subject: cleaning

Any other suggestions or tips on safely cleaning our instruments?


Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 23:31:15 -0400
From: Jim Lande <lande@erols.com>
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #11 (Vito)

Grant wrote:

"I haven't played any of the Vitos, so can't render an opinion as to whether they're worthwhile or not."

Definately worthwhile. I bought a used Vito Contra Alto with a Selmar mouthpiece about three years ago for $900. There was significant wear on the keys, but it did come with two cases, one almost new and the other built like a battleship. (The music store owner said to hide away the new case so that my heirs will be able to unload the conta alto when the time comes.) Anyway, the horn plays very well up to high C and has a nice tone if you like that sort of thing. I did try a new Vito contra bass recently. It wasn't quite right -- couldn't get some notes. Also, the new horn didn't have a couple of the keys that you play with the side of your index finger on your left hand. (I am sure that there is some sort of standard nomenclature, but I am rather untutored and play by ear, so all's I know is that some notes were missing, or at least I couldn't use a fingering that I was used to using.) Anyway, try out a Vito if you get a chance. I am looking for a curved metal model (might really prefer a contra Alto, but might settle for a contra bass) for three reasons:

  1. the case is a whole lot easier to lug around.
  2. I think that they are lighter and more of the weight is held closer to the body, so it might be easier on the back.
  3. 3) I could convince people that I am playing a diet tuba. (I have a hard enough time convincing people that the Vito is a clarinet.)

I would mention better tone, but I am not yet convinced that anyone can tell the difference. For that much money you would think so, but I don't know for sure. Yeah, try a Vito if you get a chance.Jim

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 02:04:09 -0700
From: "Emily J. Price" <priceej@mail.utexas.edu>
Subject: New subscriber

Hello, all!

I have played the Eb Conta-alto Clarinet for over 5 years, and I have made the Texas All-State Band all four years of high school. I was last chair in 1994 (bummer), moved to second in 1995, first in 1996, and third in 1997. I really enjoy playing, although I don't play it anymore because I don't own one, but I especially love playing technical solos.

--emily price

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 07:33:54 -0500
From: ROBERT HOWE <arehow@vgernet.net>
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #11

Hartley Severns at International WW and Brass in Manhattan has a 1950s low C Buffet Bass clarinet, double register key, to sell. It plays unbelievably and I would buy it except that I have a Prestige low C already. He is at 212-875-7160. I have an Amati low C bass clarinet which plays very well (despite its name) that you can have; call me privately.

Robert Howe

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