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Vol. 1, No. 60
25 November 1996
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 21:08:41 -0400
From: JimKatz@JohnAbbott.qc.ca (Jim Katz)
Subject: Re: C-L, No. 59
>we should start an ensemble...
Indeed; and with recording and pitch-change technology we could work up almost any piece, with a contrabassoon playing the piccolo parts....
Send out for a conductor who can wield a double-bass baton immediately!
292 Senneville Road, RR1
Canada, H9X 3L2
Who said we needed all those squeaky pitches? ;-)
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 16:44:05 +1300
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Gardner)
Subject: Bass instincts
Francis Firth wrote:
>[Lawrence Cherney] has also formed a bass oboe and bass clarinet duo Bass
>Instincts with Henry Bok.
Auckland composer John Rimmer is currently working on a piece for them.
From: Francis Firth <Francis.Firth@uce.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Bass Oboe
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 96 09:21:00 GMT
Thanks for the note. I think I have this Vivaldi recording as someone on Doublereed-l suggested it to me about a year ago. I assumed that you knew about it.
I saw Christopher Dobrian's page but haven't yet asked him for a copy of the tape but will do so immediately.
Good luck with the multiphonics. Of course, they will vary depending upon which make of contrabass you have.
To: Francis Firth
Subject: Re: Bass Oboe
Date: 21 November 1996 10:23
>I've just acquired the first ever commercial recording of a piece for bass
>oboe (no, not Heckelphone).
Sounds great! I've run across one other CD that has bass oboe: a recording of Vivaldi's The Seasons (yeah, again) and another Vivaldi work whose title I don't recall. The "other" work is played on a diverse group of instruments including 2 mandolins and a bass oboe (I think there are 10-12 instruments all together). The bass oboe, unfortunately, is not very prominent. I'll look up the details when I get home.
I've also run across a trio for bass oboe, bass clarinet, and bass flute, called "Parable" by Christopher Dobrian ( email@example.com ). I emailed the composer, and he sent me a cassette. Modern, pretty good. He's now working on a piece including contrabass clarinet, and has asked my assistance trying out fingerings for multiphonics.
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 14:33:56
From: BJ99@gnn.com (B.J. Adrezin)
Subject: change of address
Hi Grant. My address has change to BJ99@gnn.com
Also, can you give more info.about the gathering for contrabassoonists.
I am interested in what attracts people to contrabass instruments. If anyone would like to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with this, I'd love to start a discussion. (I'm talking true attraction, not being forced to play a bass instrument being you weren't that good.)
Date: 11/22/96 3:04 PM
TO: BJ99@gnn.com (B.J. Adrezin) at SMTP
Subject: Re: change of address
> Hi Grant. My address has change to BJ99@gnn.com
> Also, can you give more info.about the gathering for
> I am interested in what attracts people to contrabass
>instruments. If anyone would like to share their thoughts,
>feelings and experiences with this, I'd love to start a discussion.
> (I'm talking true attraction, not being forced to play a bass
>instrument being you weren't that good.)
OK, address changed.
The contrabassoon festival is Mark Trinko's project, but there's a page of description linked to my webpage, near the top. I think the festival webpage is at www.contrabass.com/pages/contfest.html . Its basically 12/26 through 12/31 in Las Vegas, with concerts, workshops, and contrabassoon makers. Mark, care to elaborate?
An excellent idea! My primary attraction to the contrabass horns is a simple love for the timbres. Music without those gut-rumbling frequencies (at least at some point) is just lacking something. If there's a secondary reason, its that they're more unusual: who wants to conform?
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 20:51:39 PST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Amanda L Loomer)
Hello Fellow Rumble-Winds,
My name is Amanda Loomer and I just joined this list. A friend of mine told me about the Contrabass Clarinet Website and from that I found this list. I am also on the Klarinet List. I am a junior in high school, and have been playing the BBb contrabass clarinet for two years. I also play the Bb soprano clarinet. The instrument I play is a metal Leblanc BBb Contrabass. I started playing the contra when my director wanted the part filled in our wind ensemble. He gave me the choice of either the Bass clarinet or the Contrabass. I figured, bigger is better, and went with the contrabass. I'm so glad I did because I love playing it so much. I love it when the notes are so low that the vibrations rattle my head until my vision blurs and it's all I can do to keep track of the music. This year I got into both band classes so I can continue on both instruments. I think this list will be very interesting and I am glad to be a part of it.
I was playing contrabass clarinet the other night, practicing during web downloads, and noticed that my monitor goes completely blurry when I play. When I was in high school, and our marching band director had us doing breath and volume exercises, I could blur the tv set three rooms away with a bari sax. My sisters were less than delighted.
Author: "Elie A. Harriett" <email@example.com> at
Date: 11/22/96 10:21 PM
Subject: want info about contrabass bone
I may be coming into the market for a contrabass trombone. I am looking for one pitched in BBb. The only ones I have heard of are Miraphone and Thein. Are either of these good instruments? Are there any others? Does anyone know of a used one they could sell me in very good condition?
Thanks for your input.
Bass Trombone - Pacific University
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