I’m not going to lie, I was absolutely confused when I saw a score that began with a bass clef. How on earth was I going to classify composition starting with a bass clef? Was it even a score? Was it a sketch? Did I have to rethink my entire series classification? (Eek!)
Full scores (as written by Allan Blank) usually begin with a treble clef, piano scores have treble and bass clefs bracketed. Figuring out where these fit in the record was easy, peasy!
What I was not used to seeing, was a score written for a lower sounding instrument. I was then told this helpful rhyme:
If it sounds low, bass you go!
If it plays high, treble in the sky!
The trombone has a lower pitch, ergo it utilizes the bass clef for compositions. Like the example here for the piece: Dirge for Trombone Quartet.
Rhyming does have a way of sticking in one’s memory and now I find myself muttering ‘high in the sky…’ or ‘low you go…’ when reading a score!
Also, this does fit nicely into my already established record keeping:
Series I: Original Compositions—Subseries 1: Full Scores for Ensemble