Vol. 5, No. 43

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Contrabass list Fri, 10 Apr 1998 Volume 1 : Number 43

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Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 16:35:11 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: Strauss and the Pedal Clarinet

At 10:59 PM 4/8/98 EDT, Don wrote:

><< Our half of the program will probably include "Fest Musik Der Stadt Wien"
>by Strauss, >>
>I actually used the tenor sax part rather than doubling the bass clarinet part

Actually, our music is seriously deficient in the low winds: doesn't have bari sax, bass clarinet, or anything lower. Tenor sax doesn't sound like a bad idea....

>. It starts out with a ff written low F which is probably the most resonant
>note on my Leblanc BBb paperclip contrabass (to low C) clarinet. Not only did
>I manage to overload the sound recordist's input circuits and thoroughly
>distort the concert recording, the entire horn section (all 8 of them) whose
>chairs were on the same stage boards as the peg for my contra all commented
>that they could feel the note thru their butts. It also brought tears to the
>conductor's eyes who's a former tuba player. Now that's a pedal clarinet!!

I think that's going to have to go on the "You may be a contrabass maniac" page... ;-)


Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 16:38:11 -0700
From: Grant Green <gdgreen@contrabass.com>
Subject: Re: Contrabass Sax

At 09:31 AM 4/9/98 EDT, Dave wrote:

>This may be old news, but the May 1998 issue of "Jazz Times" (on page 69) is
>reporting that L.A. Sax has introduced a "humongous" new contrabass saxophone.

They have a whole web page devoted to it at http://www.lasax.com

I still haven't had a chance to try playing it. LA Sax's "Upcoming clinics" page is on my short list of sites to check frequently, for their next public unveiling. They're supposed to be releasing the new bass sax soon as well. The prototype I saw in Italy had an interesting LT alternate key for the low Bb.


Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 17:27:29 -0700
From: "S.K. Pasisozis" <pasisozi@swlink.net>
Subject: Re: Strauss and the Pedal Clarinet

When I was warming up the Contrabass clarinet for a community orchestra concert (playing c'bassoon and string bass parts--try it--works marvellously!), a written A (sounding G--lowest string bass G) seemed to echo and bounce around the hall almost visibly...You could tell the exact spots on the walls and floor and ceiling where it would hit, echo, and bounce away!

At least, I could.

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