Updated per information received from Jack Kissinger
I just finished a run of the MTI version with Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Reed 5 is double scored for bass sax and bari sax. You don’t need both. Clarinet and bassoon are as above.
Updated this to “baritone saxophone and/or bass saxophone.” Thank you!
Could anyone tell me which book has the lead clarinet parts? I might be doing this show, and my clarinet playing isn’t so hot, so I was thinking reed IV would fit my skills best, assuming it doesn’t have too much clarinet. Also, how much flute/picc is in that book?
Most of the lead clarinet parts are in Reed 3. Reed 4 has a lot of inner clarinet and bass clarinet parts in it, and there are a decent amount of flute parts in the book as well. If I remember right, I think the only piccolo part in Reed 4 was in the Bows and it wasn’t too tough. I hope that helps!
Just got a call for this show. Is the Eb clarinet part in reed 3 double scored? Thanks.
When I did this show last fall, the Eb parts did not have an alternate staff. I think the only alternate staff in all of reed books was for the bass saxophone parts (with alternate baritone saxophone parts) in Reed 5.
E-flat is used in the following numbers:
-#11 Seventy-Six Trombones – mm. 96-End
-#12 Seventy-Six Trombones – Ballad – Entire Number
-#13 Seventy-Six Trombones – Playoff – Entire Number
-#26 Entr’Acte – mm. 8-65
-#31 Shipoopi Dance – Part 2 – Eccentric Couple – mm. 1-38
-#45 Curtain Call Music – mm. 29-44; 85-End
Soprano Sax is used in the following numbers:
-#32 Shipoopi Dance – Part 3 – One-Step – mm. 27-78
-#33 Shipoopi – Playoff – mm. 27-End
-#41 Ice Cream Sociable – mm. 1-End
I highly recommend transposing the first two numbers to E-flat clarinet from B-flat if you choose to play the optional 8va parts.
Review the rhythms in some numbers carefully, as the books in general do not write out all rhythms logically (not barred/written where the downbeat is made clear). A couple examples include mm. 5-6/11-12 of #2 Train Opening & mm. 11-12/26-27 of #18 Marian the Librarian.
In the Reed 2 book there are seven missing measures. mm. 61-67 are rests. The part is numbered correctly but they forgot to print the 7 measure rest. Also, there is minimal english horn (sadly) and most of the english horn parts are doubled with the soprano sax in book 3. Most of this book is a clarinet.
A couple other general comments about the book, as we just wrapped up:
-There are some places where smearing and other jazz idiosyncrasies are done in the recordings but not indicated clearly in the music. This would include smearing the half step sixteenth note intervals in #2 Train Opening and smearing #10 Ya Got Trouble (reprise) measure 24’s first two quarter notes (with the vocals).
-The books generally write out swing rhythms. Therefore, the eighth notes in measure 34 of #4 Iowa Stubborn should be played straight despite the underlying swing beat.
-#32 Shipoopi Dance – Part 3 and #33 Shipoopi Playoff moves the lead part between the reeds while the others do the harmony.
#44 Finale – Act 2 – We chose to perform the opening to this up until measure 13 as a beginner band. 🙂
-Errata in Reed 3: #8 Goodnight, My Someone. Measure 54 beat 3 should be a written C-sharp, not a C-natural (with the vocals).
It’s a fun show, but not the friendliest to sightread in its current edited version.
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