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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000110.txt from 1994/09

From: Jay Winick <winickj@-----.CA>
Subj: Kegelstatt -- The Big Debate
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 1994 12:48:18 -0400

I don't know why it took me so long to send a message on this subject as
this is certainly the best place to get a range of answers.

Ok, here I go

We all know the opening figure of the K498 trio first movement:

Quarter, sixteenth, four 64ths, three eighths

The problem is as such. Playing the figure exactly as written sounds to
mechanical and unrelaxed. Playing the figure as:

Quarter, four 32nds, 3 eighths is not rhythmically correct, however I have
heard several interpretations that do this. I believe that it is done is
that it is easy to reproduce as the figure recurs.

So the question is:

How should the figure be played so that it is both musical and
reproducable, keeping in mind that I think that doing them as 32nds is not
a viable solution.

Question two, are there any tricks with regard to doing this piece (vla
and pno start) so that everyone knows what is going on, or is it just a
familiarity thing?

Vaguely yours,


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