070610.Clevedon, Farty Towels, etc.

June 10, 2007 at 3:28 AM | Posted in Bristol, somerset | 6 Comments

Went out to a community performance of the Fawlty Towers episodes, “,” “,” and “Basil the Rat.” It was nice to see an English community production and a community centre in use. Written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, it was the funniest television show in history but only twelve episodes were ever made.

[Cool Music by a 29-member band that Radio Netherlands couldn’t figure out the original of its name]


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  1. Looks like a EEb bass, commonly called in America, a tuba.

    But in a British brass band, traditionally, a “Double E bass”

    Samr shape as a euphonium, but they are a bit smaller.

  2. Sorry, I think it might be just an Eb (E flat) bass.

    The traditional british brass band will have
    Cornet in E♭; (called a soprano cornet)
    Cornets in B♭; (Front row: principal(x1), solo(x3), Back row: repiano(x1), 2nd(x2), 3rd(x2))
    Flugelhorn in B♭;
    Tenor Horns (sometimes called Alto Horns in the United States and Germany) in E♭; (solo, 1st, 2nd)
    Baritones (Treble Clef B♭;) (1st, 2nd)
    Tenor Trombones (Treble Clef B♭; in older scores Tenor Clef) (1st, 2nd)
    Bass Trombone (Bass Clef)
    Euphoniums (Treble Clef B♭;) (x2)
    E♭ Basses (x2)
    B♭ Basses (x2)
    Percussion (x2/3/4)

    Still, it is what Americans call a tuba.

    As Wikipedia says:

    Brass bands in the British tradition are limited to cornets, flugelhorns, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones, tubas (known as basses in brass bands), and percussion; but not trumpets or french horns, since they are orchestral and concert band instruments.

    With the exception of the bass trombone and percussion, all parts are transposing and written in the treble clef, which means that for every instrument, from the big basses right up to the soprano cornet, the fingering for the written notes is similar. This system, which is unique to UK-style brass bands, ensures most parts can be covered when there is less than a full complement of players.

  3. haha! Thank you, Sally!

  4. Good for you!
    I have the DVD set and no matter how many times we watch it, we laugh until we cry 😉

  5. The funniest TV show in history? Says who?

  6. i never really like farty towels. or monty python dare i say. the wrong side of silly for me, despite being a silly little pod. how was the production?

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