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Posted by Becs 
Becs
Transposition
June 12, 2005 10:51AM
If a clarinet part is in Bb major in a band piece what would the piano key be?
Re: Transposition
June 14, 2005 02:45PM
Click here for a good article on transposing instruments.

The standard clarinet is a B-flat transposing instrument. Most instruments are "C instruments", so when they play a note written as a "C" in their music, it sounds like a C on the piano. On a clarinet, though, when they play a note written as "C" in their music, it sounds like a B flat on the piano.

So... any note written for a Bb clarinet should be transposed down a whole step to understand what the real note is. You can do the same thing with key signatures. So in your question -- if the clarinet part is in the key of B flat, you'd transpose that down a whole step to get the real key, A flat.
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