Peter John
transposition and Bb clarinets
Tue Jan 15, 2019 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 going to have to continue to grapple with transposing at sight into 'orrible keys such as B. Wish me luck at our first practice tonight! Your thought re scanning into Sibelius gives me some small hope of getting a Bb part, provided I can persuade someone to use my scan with their software.

Much 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
      • 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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