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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000134.txt from 1993/12

From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Cary Karp's comments on differences between clarinets
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1993 20:15:36 -0500

Cary, I kept your note on this subject in my to-do file for
a couple of days while I thought about it, but I am still as
at sixes and sevens now as I was when I first read it.

I never thought about the improvisational nuance implications
as a critical factor in selecting which clarinet(s) would achieve
prominence, but the more I thought of your point, the more it
scratched at me as having some serious substance; that is to say,
if improvisation involves a collection of "things" that can be
done to alter melody, life is a lot easier if one has to learn
those things in a few keys rather than many. So one would be
motivated to change clarinets so that those things always get
done (for example) in C, F and G major rather than have to learn
how to do them in (for example) C#, F# and G# major.

Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California

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