Clarinet in A key?

Clarinet in A key?

Clarinet in A key?    16:50 on Monday, February 20, 2017          

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Posted by yarn

I have some questions about A Key Clarinet...

Do orchestras use A Key clarinets (instead of B flat)?

Could a B flat clarinet play A Clarinet part with transposing?

Do B flat and A clarinets have the same range?

Thank you!

Re: Clarinet in A key?    03:42 on Wednesday, March 8, 2017          

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Posted by contra448


Much orchestral music has A as well as Bb parts. It is possible to play the A parts on Bb but, with the 1/2 tone change, that can land you in very awkward keys. The written range is the same on both instruments.

Re: Clarinet in A key?    15:14 on Thursday, May 18, 2017          

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Posted by mike-pa

daphnis and chloe was written for A clarinet, but we ended up transposing it back to b flat to make the riffs a bit easier...either way it was very difficult....check it out.


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