Talk:Le tombeau de Couperin (orchestra) (Ravel, Maurice)

I don't know how to start a Talk, but I'll just get straight to the point.

I have a question: if the Trumpet (C) is in C, why aren't there any sharps in the 1st and 2nd movement? Like the flutes in C? And the Horns in F don't have 2 sharps in the 1st and 2nd movement (didn't check the other 2 movs. yet). And the description of the Clarinets says: (A, B♭), while it are 2 clarinets in A. Is that to show that Cl. in Bb can do the A-Part?

I don't know if these questions are about things everyone should know, but I don't understand them.

A happy new year,

Douwe from Holland.

A Happy New year to you also! The answer is simple - tradition. The traditional practice of publishers for Trumpets and Horns was to not employ key-signatures, always placing accidentals before the notes affected. This goes back to the days when both instruments could employ in multiple crooks (and the attendant transpositions) within the same work. The practice continues even down to this day, even though it would be perfectly logical to employ a key-signature as the instruments were standardized to Horns in F and Trumpets in B-flat or C. Interestingly, band parts are far more likely to use key-signatures than orchestral parts are. Carolus 22:32, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Thank you!

So the accidentals are written fully troughout the piece... That explains why there aren´t any accidentals in front of the bars, but the accidentals that miss are just written inside the bars. Thank you again.