Vol. 5, No. 15

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Contrabass list Fri, 13 Mar 1998 Volume 1 : Number 15

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Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 17:53:52 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: Concert Report

At 02:16 PM 3/10/98 +0000, Francis wrote:

>He played a couple of pieces on his Fox Contra as well including L'Apres
>Midi d'un Dinosaur originally written for bassoon.

I haven't heard of this piece before. Do you know who the composer is? Sounds like it might be a good sarrusophone piece....

>He also played a few notes on his sarrusophone.
>Afterwards he let me have a blow on it and I found it very free blowing and
>had quite a good tone, at least in its fundamental register.
>It was a Conn Eb contrabass.
>Chatting together he said that it had recently been used in the film score
>for Tombstone (I think that it was called).

I'm still waiting for my copy of the soundtrack CD. Found a mention of it on the web, that the composer had used sarrusophone for its ominous effect...

>He also said that he had lent it to another player recently for a recording
>by the Scottish Philharmonic? or a symphony by Panufnik which apparently
>includes parts for 3! sarrusophones! Does anyone know anything about this
>symphony which I am about to start checking up on?

John A. Clare's web page ( http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/1014/ ) has some information. Panufnik apparently wrote at least 10 symphonies. I've emailed Mr. Clare to see if he can determine which one(s) include sarrusophone parts. Of course, you might find The Sir Andrzej Panufnik Archive more productive. Mr. Clare's web page gives the address and fax number:

Riverside House
Fax (0) 181 7441217

>He also had his Great bass Rackett with him to show the kids as well as a
>tenor rackett and an octave bassoon.

Wish I was there!


Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 12:03:29 -0800
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Tombstone


I've just been listening to the TOMBSTONE soundtrack CD (1993, Intrada MAF 7038D), music by Bruce Boughton. I haven't been able to give it a concentrated listen yet, but have noticed a few sarrusophone passages (one occurs about 2-3 minutes into the first track, where it is easily noticeable). I haven't noticed any other sarrusophone parts in particular yet (I'll have to play it in the car with the bass cranked up :-) ), but there is a lot of prominent bassoon and woodwind writing here. The whole disc is very orchestral, and nice to listen to.


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