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Subject: Instrumentation in the Ring (was AC's Question about Solti)
From: Joe OConnell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Joe OConnell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 30 Mar 2009 19:12:09 -0700

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Thanks to Scott for his correction.  I hope that he or others will expand on
this topic with facts _and_ citations.  

Scott wrote that my previous post was "flat wrong" when I wrote that
"Contemporary Wagner tubas are doubled, so two of them can play all four of
the Wagner tuba parts". 

Scott is exactly correct, and I was wrong.  

In the very first bar of Rheingold Sc2, on page 84 of the Dover "Das
Rheingold in Full Score", all four of the Wagner Tubas play separate parts
_at the same time_.  Thus, even though I was correct in writing that
contemporary Wagner tubas are doubled, I was wrong to state that "two of
them can play all four of the Wagner tuba parts."  I have corrected the
Wikipedia citation at

A question for Scott and others:  does this similar issue apply in the other
three operas?  In other words, do the scores of the other three operas have
parts which require all four Wagner tubas _at the same time_?

Question to Scott and others:  does the bass clarinet have the same problem
(in all four operas)?  In other words, Wagner's original score has parts for
both the A-natural and the B-flat bass clarinets, so both instruments were
required in Wagner's era.  However, the contemporary bass clarinet can play
both the A-natural and the B-flat parts, so the question is whether the
score for all/any of the four operas has/have two bass clarinet parts _at
the same time_.  If so, then two bass clarinets are required today, just as
they were in Wagner's era.  

Please provide cites to the exact bars and pages (accurate citations are
necessary for Wikipedia entries).



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