I am playing reed 1 in a production in March. This version of the MTI rental has no alto flute, optional or required, and it has 1 page of piccolo.
Updated. Thank you!
1. How flute and clarinet heavy is book 2?
2. Is all of book 5 optional or just the Bari?
I haven’t played this show, but I read it as just bari is optional.
They actually removed all of the Reed 5 optional bari parts when MTI typeset the books a few years ago, so it’s no longer there.
Interestingly, MTI put the bass clarinet part for the newly added song called “Why Should I Change A Thing?” in the Reed 5 book rather than Reed 3, so technically there is now bass clarinet in both of those books. It would be easy to swap that with the Bb clarinet part in Reed 3 for that one song, but for the sake of being accurate on here, there is now bass clarinet in Reed 5 in the MTI-provided books (and no bari).
Also, the alto flute and alto saxophone parts in Reed 4 are gone in the new typeset parts, too. The alto flute parts were moved to regular flute, and the alto sax parts have been changed to Reed 1 cues and moved into that book.
Reed 2 is fairly balanced between clarinet/saxes, and is a bit lighter on flute than Reeds 1 and 4.
Updated to reflect these changes. Thank you!
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