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Contrabass-list Wed, 19 Nov 1997 Volume 1 : Number 39
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Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 08:48:51 -0500
From: JimKatz@JohnAbbott.qc.ca (Jim Katz)
Subject: Re: contrabass-list V1 #38
"....and even theremin (standard not contrabass!)..."
I tried contrabass theremin once, six fillings fell out and the cat walked funny for a week.
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 11:28:24 -0800
From: Grant Green <email@example.com>
Subject: Contra divisi
Here's something I don't see every day:
We were going through Xmas music for our upcoming holiday concert last night. After spending most of the rehearsal sight-transposing Eb contra parts (and in one case, a string bass part), we pulled out a piece that assumed the presence of TWO Bb contrabass clarinets. "A Russian Christmas" by Alfred Reed, if I remember correctly. It starts off with SB and Bb contra playing a sustained E for quite a while (something like 24 bars). My part is marked (printed) "1." at the beginning, "2." four measures later, with an eighth note overlapping (for a seamless sustained pedal). At some spots, the part is noted "1. only", and at one point an actual divisi, with E's in octaves.
I showed this to the bass clarinetist sitting next to me. His comment was,
"Boy, talk about wishful thinking!"
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