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It depends on the orchestra. A professional orchestra will have someone who can play the part. In an amateur orchestra the second clarinet player might not even own a bass clarinet. You should ask if bass clarinet is available. In either case you are likely to annoy the player who has bring and set up the bass clarinet for just four bars, unless these four ...


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Reed and wind players routinely double on other reed and wind instruments, so asking a clarinetist to play a few bars of bass clarinet is fine. There are a variety of procedural considerations in the switch itself. There's an illuminating blog post and discussion on bretpimentel.com, of which I'll paraphrase the main points.1 Allow no less than 8 seconds; ...


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