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Escape to Margaritaville

  1. Flute, clarinet, bass clarinet [to low D], tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone [to low A], recorder, and percussion instrument (“clave, maraca, or something”)


  1. Bret Pimentel says:

    Added based on information received from Marla Snyder.

  2. Tony Moran says:

    I’m prepping for this show now. The recorder part only appears in one song (Margaritaville) and it doesn’t specify which recorder to use. The range is from written C#4 to D5, so it has to be on a C recorder (unless you transpose it by an octave). There’s no 8va on the treble clef, but the cue notes in the piano conductor score are written an octave higher, so I think soprano recorder is implied.

    As for the percussion parts, there are two instances in the show where it calls for everyone to pick up auxiliary percussion instruments. The first specifically calls for cabasa in the reed book, but the second one does indeed say “pick up a clave, a maraca, or something.” So I guess that point will just have to remain vague.

    Also worth noting that the bari sax parts (which comprise the largest percentage of the book) are quite extensive: regularly descending to low A, and written up to altissimo Bb, with lots of marks for growling, slap tonguing, and a handful of improvised rock/funk solos. Flute, clarinet, and tenor parts are fairly rudimentary; bass clarinet parts aren’t difficult but do extend to low D in a few places.

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