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Re: FW: Re: clef transposition: tenor -> bass

From: Anthony W. Youngman
Subject: Re: FW: Re: clef transposition: tenor -> bass
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 18:52:32 +0100
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In message <address@hidden>, Ralph Little <address@hidden> writes
I've just thought of a good example, and sorry if I sound patronising :(

Say you wanted to score a piano-accompanied solo for tenor trombone.
A tenor trombone is usually "pitched" in Bb.

Sorry. Wrong!

If you mean a tenor trombone plays an open arpeggio of Bb, then it's ALWAYS "pitched" in Bb. If it's in Eb then it's an alto, and if it's in G then it's a bass. (I'll ignore Bb/F and Bb/F/G for the moment :-)

What I think you mean is, "if I play a written scale of C, then it sounds the concert scale of Bb" which is only true for tenor trombone music written in treble clef.

It's normal brass nomenclature to PRECEDE the instrument name by the open arpeggio that that instrument plays, and FOLLOW the name by the concert scale that gets played when a written scale of C is played.

So a "Bb Trombone" will be scored in bass, tenor or alto clef at concert pitch, while a "Trombone in Bb" is implied to be a Bb Trombone (the instrument) and is scored as a transposing instrument in treble clef.

I think exactly the same approach is taken with woodwind, except rather than being the open arpeggio, it's the open note with no keys pressed.

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