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Re: Concert Pitch (a second try)

From: Anthony W. Youngman
Subject: Re: Concert Pitch (a second try)
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 11:57:10 +0100
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In message <address@hidden>, Simon Bailey <address@hidden> writes
this happens in dutch symphonic wind music a lot as well. the trombone parts are supplied in Bb treble-clef (transposed), Bb bass-clef (transposed) and C bass-clef (concert pitch). i've only ever seen it in dutch published music, i'm not sure exactly where it comes from, but it's horribly confusing when the librarian doesn't know the difference... ;)

That's good to know - I'll mention it in passing ...

a useful fact for Bb transposing instruments usually notated in bass clef (trombones, euphonia, etc.) is that the treble-clef transposed part can be read almost exactly as if it were notated in concert-pitch tenor-clef (add 2 flats and pay careful attention to the accidentals). fairly random piece of information, but it helps me whenever i run across treble-clef b-flat parts.

Yes - I use that trick a bit ... I prefer to try and read tenor clef as tenor because it makes the accidentals easier, but I see it pretty rarely so I usually start thinking treble and then switch as I get into it.

You can pull the same trick with Eb parts too - if the music is written in Eb, add three flats to the key signature and read it as if it were bass clef.

(who reads four clefs, treble in Bb, bass, tenor and treble in concert :-)
Anthony W. Youngman - address@hidden

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