Once Upon a Mattress

  1. Piccolo, flute
  2. Oboe
  3. Clarinet
  4. Bass clarinet

1 comment

  1. Bret Pimentel says:

    Info from a source who prefers to remain anonymous:

    “There’s an interesting thing about Once Upon a Mattress in the bass clarinet book. In ‘Spanish Panic’ the part is written for bass clarinet, but it is ALL in the 3rd octave+. There’s some history here that may or may not be accurate, but from what I heard the show was written originally as a school project and without a great idea of what the instrument is capable of. There are a number of parts where the bass is playing an octave *above* the Bb clarinet part.

    http://test.woodwind.org/oboe/BBoard/read.html?f=17&i=416&t=416

    “In any case, that song sounds just fine played on Bb clarinet in the proper range, with the added benefit not having to worry about sounding like a squawk box. There are other places where a regular Bb clarinet transposed down an octave would also be appropriate, but Spanish Panic is the worst offender.”

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