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revised Was the pitch A given that letter because the minor key was originally the “basic” mode?
clarify that these are two different notes.
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comment History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes
Wow!!! Thank you! I'll try to get that info from the NYPL next time I'm there for research or see if the Harvard library (just down the street here) either has them or would acquire them. This is awesome!!
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comment History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes
I looked through the Rachmaninov -- the lowest note on the Bb part is F# and the lowest in the A is E, so it doesn't tell us that there were lower notes than E at the time. I went through Rosenkavalier again (was my personal nightmare: playing basset horn and bass clarinet in A in bass clef on a Bb bass): no low notes for the Bb part; the A goes only down to E-natural. (The basset horn, OTOH, uses the whole range to low C often).
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comment History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes
Speaking of odd low clarinet keys. In one work, Schoenberg calls for contrabass clarinet in A. An instrument that as far as anyone has been able to find, never existed.
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comment History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes
I'm speaking entirely in the pitch of the instrument, not concert pitch. Thanks. The low C of Bb would actually be a Db in the A bass clarinet. I'm not sure if bass clarinets in A ever went below Eb or even E.
Nov
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comment Are whole notes/rests really used to signify variable lengths of time?
One caveat -- a whole-bar rest is always positioned in the middle of the bar in good modern typesetting. If you play from 19th c. or earlier scores, you will often find no distinction made in the positioning of whole-note rests and whole-bar rests.
Nov
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comment How are note durations named in the British system?
The hook does, however, still appear for quarter notes in the form of the old style ("French") quarter rest (an eighth rest facing the opposite direction).
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comment How are note durations named in the British system?
As Bartek and Mark noted, the OED only gives examples of English usage; the usage of semibreve goes to the 13th c. in France and minim (originally semibrevis minima -- or the smallest possible semibreve) appears in the early 14th c. The semiminim appears not much later (Karen Cook just wrote a diss. on it). In English usage (Morley 1597) "Large" replaces Maxima. At that time there was not a filled/hollowed note distinction, so the semiminim or "quarter" really did have a hook ("crotchet"); after the note colors changed (c. 1420-50) the hook got passed to the next smaller note.
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answered Is this piece of renaissance music really in the locrian mode?
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comment History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes
Yes, only bass clarinetists there. Few clarinetists have a basset clarinet (to low C; useful for historically informed performances of the Mozart clarinet concerto and quintet), and I've never met anyone who had a basset in Bb (useful only for one solo in La Clemenza di Tito).
Nov
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comment Is this piece of renaissance music really in the locrian mode?
It looks to me much more likely that it's an upper voice over a D phrygian tenor, an octave below at the start and a fifth below at the cadence. That'd be interesting and also rare for the time.
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comment Why is the note name “a” not on any important scale position?
It's also a duplicate of music.stackexchange.com/questions/7203/…