Pete John
Bb parts for some Red Book pieces
Tue Jan 8, 2019 11:03am

Amongst Bristol Harmony's rehearsal list for this term are three Red Book pieces for which I do not have Bb parts, namely 40 [Gilgal] and 114 [Saratoga] in D, and 130 [Wrestling Jacob] in A. While I'm willing to transpose as I play if I have to, granted the number of accidentals I'd be relieved, and very pleased, to have access to Bb parts, if anyone has already transcribed them. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    • Transposition
      John B Dick, Mon Jan 14 10:22pm
      The keys of D and A would be played on the Clarinet in A, or a B flat with a piece de rechange for A. They are then fingered as F (the Home Key of the clarinet) and C. Alternate joints for B natural... more
      • transposition and Bb clarinets
        Peter John, Tue Jan 15 5:42pm
        Thanks for this fascinating response. I hadn't realised that clarinets had been produced other than in A or Bb. Life in a WG band would certainly be simpler with a C instrument: as it is, though, I'm ... more
        • Re: transposition and Bb clarinets
          Edwin Macadam, Wed Jan 16 10:48am
          Peter, The music for the two West Gallery Harmonies (ie the Red Book and the Green Book) was originally set in Capella by Gordon Ashman. However, when he passed away these were taken over by Mike... more
          • Red Book Bb transpositions
            Peter John, Wed Jan 16 12:13pm
            Good morning Edwin, and thanks for this. I'd approached Mike as soon as I bought the clarinet and he happily and rapidly sent me what he'd already transposed. Ros Clements has been in touch this very ... more
        • Re: transposition and Bb clarinets
          Anonymous, Tue Jan 15 11:43pm
          I could have easily done it on Sibelius 2 but I had to upgrade Windows on transfer to a new computer and so had to buy the current Sibelius. After writing 8 bars, I wanted to squeeze into the same... more
          • Transposition
            John B Dick, Sun Feb 3 1:36pm
            How did I get to be anonymous? Did I just not fill in the header?
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