Vol. 5, No. 8

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Contrabass list Fri, 6 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 8

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Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 00:17:17 -0700 (MST)
From: Shouryu Nohe <jnohe@nmsu.edu>
Subject: Re: list V1 #7

> >>Hi there. I play the Eb contrabass clarinet. My band director thinks it
> would be nice to have an ensemble/duet/quartet including me (he thinks a
> contrabass/piccolo duet would be great). I've been searching online music
> catalogs with no luck. Do you know of any place that has ensemble music
> including the Eb contrabass clarinet? Thanks. And by the way, keep up the
> good work.

Well...if you're willing to wait, and try playing Bb Contra...I may be able to help you.

Currently, we are beginning the major composition projects in my advanced theory studies at NMSU. The requirements are:

  1. a composition of three minutes or longer in one of the forms stated.
  2. it must be scored for at least two different instruments
  3. the composer must be a performer

To meet these criteria:

  1. I have chosen sonata-allegro. And it's going so well, that I'm folloing through by fullfilling the role of S-A form: it will now be the first movement of a concerto or a symphony.
  2. I have scored it for 3 instruments - it sounds very chamberish.
  3. I am a clarinet major with a specialization in low clarinets.

Therefore, Bb Contrabass Clarinet will be my instrument.

If you can wait a month, then contact me at shour@trust-me.com . We can discuss things, and if you like, I will send you Concerto in D major for Violin, Horn, and Bb Contrabass clarinet.

It is VERY tonal. Most people would laugh if they heard it and were told it was a 20th Century composition. Very baroque/classical, but there are a few weird progressions in the Development segment.

(It is scored in D in order to exploit the low notes on the bass. I'd have scored it in Db, but my violinist balked at the idea of playing in a rediculously flatted key. Since I'm trying to exploit the lowest of the low, it may not sound quite the same on Eb Contra. However, if you absolutely CANNOT get a Bb, then I will consider transcribing it. Like I said, email me and let me know.)

Anyone else, let me know - I'd be more than happy to send out a recording once we perform.

Shouryu Nohe

Professor of SCSM102, New Mexico State Univ.
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Date: Wed, 04 Mar 1998 07:47:39 -0500
From: ROBERT HOWE <arehow@vgernet.net>
Subject: Re: list V1 #5

Grant, my posts to you and to the list have been refused of late, please confirm your receipt of this.

Robert Howe

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 18:26:09 -0500
From: daryl.fletcher@juno.com (Daryl Fletcher)
Subject: double-bell euphoniums

On Wed, 18 Feb 1998 Mats Öljare said:

>Also, if the double-bell euphonium were used for fast trombone
>passages, why didn't they just use a standard valve trombone
>instead?? Seems strange to me.

That seems strange to me too. I was just passing on what a friend of mine said about them. Judging from pictures of bands from around the turn of the century, and from looking at reproductions of catalogs from around the time period, it seems as if valve trombones were much more common then than they are now, both in tenor and alto models.




Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 18:24:46 -0500
From: daryl.fletcher@juno.com (Daryl Fletcher)
Subject: Metal clarinets

On Tue, 24 Feb 1998 Grant said:

> There are still metal clarinets
> (and alto clarinets) hanging around, although I don't think they're still
> manufactured (except, of course, for the metal contralto and contrabass).

The Lark in the Morning catalog has low G metal clarinets for $450, and says that they are used for Turkish music.

We picked up a couple of old soprano metal clarinets a while back. They are two different brands. One I can't tell what brand it is because the name is pretty much rubbed off, and the other is a Collegiate made by (or for) Holton. They have been painted black, which I don't think was the original color, and most of the keys don't move. I don't know how old they are, but I would guess they were made some time around the 1920's or 30's. We mostly bought them for their historical value. Does anyone have any experience getting old metal clarinets restored, or want to guess how much it might cost?

I would assume that metal clarinets were invented because factories were looking for ways to make them more affordable, and plastics weren't yet up to today's standards. Is that true?

>Alto horns (aka tenor horns) are still made: even Yamaha has a model
>or two.

Tenor horns are still widely used in Britain (as seen in the movie "Brassed Off"), but we hardly ever see them in the United States. I wonder why.




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