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Restored historic basset horns led to this festival. Now our goal is to restore the remaining historic clarinet instruments of Kandern
Restored historic basset horns led to this festival. Now our goal is to restore the remaining historic clarinet instruments of Kandern
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in 2008, the "Heimat und Keramik Museum" (Museum of local history and ceramics) in Kandern discovered a box full of unidentified wind instruments and other relics. They called me to identify these and I was astounded to recognize two almost complete historic basset horns (from around 1830) as well as parts of a clarinet d'amore and more. These are extremely rare and valuable instruments and we two original festival organizers immediately started our mission of getting the basset horns restored and made playable again. We succeeded  in this and organized Basset Horn Festivals with participants from all over Europe, America and Japan. After the first festival, the mayor of Kandern called to tell me that further clarinet instruments had been discovered. These were two 5-keyed boxwood clarinets from the early 19th century and two bass clarinets from  around 1860. All four instruments are completely extant down to the mouthpieces and even one ligature and reed! For more information see: http://bassetti-paletti.de/News.html

We need to get these instruments restored and made playable too! So it is our goal to raise enough money to convince the city to finance the rest. We have added another capable member to our organization team and we all work in an honorary capacity. It's worth it just to be able to hear these wonderful instruments!

Risks and challenges

We have considered the basic moral issue of restoring and actually playing historic instruments. We have the greatest respect for the surviving substance and wish to conserve it for future generations. For this reason we strictly adhere to the rule that the restored instruments are only to be played for maximal 10 minutes a day and only in the period before concerts. They are not taken anywhere but Kandern. So if you want to here them, come to the festival!

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    Sheet Music to the Kegel Duets by Mozart

    Kegel Duets for two basset horns (or two clarinets) by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart K 487/496a, Edtion Wintergarten Publications.

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    Sheet Music Trios by Scott Joplin

    Transcriptions of Piano Ragtimes by Scott Joplin for 3 basset horns (or 3 clarinets or 2 clarinets and bassoon) Vol. 1: Elite Syncopations, Solace, Weeping Willow and Rag Time Dance.

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    Sheet Music Trios by Scott Joplin

    Transcriptions of Piano Ragtimes by Scott Joplin for 3 basset horns (or 3 clarinets or 2 clarinets and bassoon) Vol 2: Peacherine Rag, Reflection Rag, The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag.

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    Festival Selections on 1 CD

    All concerts will be recorded. A selection of approved concerts with artist permission will be burned onto one CD

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    Festival Selections on 2 CDs

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    Private Basset Horn Duo Concert

    A private concert of basset horn duets by the organizers of the festival. Take your pick between modern or historic instruments. Travelling expenses differ according to place and time.

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    Private Basset Horn Trio Concert

    A private concert of basset horn trios by the organizers of the festival. Take your pick between modern or historic instruments.
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