Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bb Bass Transposition for Prelude and Isolde's Love Death by Wagner

I am sure that someone out there is going to really appreciate my valentine gift of a transposition of the bass clarinet part to Richard Wagner's Prelude and Isolde's Love Death (Liebestod) from Tristan and Isolde. The original part is for bass clarinet in A in bass clef. Unfortunately, I received a pristine part, with no markings on it to indicate any notes, even though I'd played the piece with the same orchestra a few years earlier. I searched my library and the internet in vain looking for a transposed part. I would have been happy to pay someone just to not have to deal with the transposition myself. I'm okay reading bass clef transposition and I'll deal with A transpositions in treble, but when you put the two together, it's a royal pain. Rather than marking up the part again and stressing through the rehearsals concerned that I'd flub a transposition, I went ahead and put it all into Finale. It took me 4 1/2 hours because I'm not a Finale pro.

So here it is, my masterpiece, guaranteed note correct and completely readable, since I just used it in my performance with the Asheville Symphony last night. You can download a pdf of the part here.


  1. Truely, you have just saved my LIFE!!!!
    Thanks you for taking the time to do this.

    Patty Hoover
    (Fishers, Indiana)

  2. Thank you so very much, Shannon. Your work is truly appreciated. The part looks great and is completely spot-on.

  3. Shannon, thank you. As Patty noted above, this has also saved MY life.

    J. in Carbondale IL

  4. and here... more than 2 years later... you are saving the day! Thank you! :)

    L. in NYC