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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000092.txt from 1995/03

From: Jay Winick <winickj@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Please help - Mozart K.622
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 1995 13:17:23 -0500

In article "Stephen C. Baker" <SailDesign@-----.COM> writes:
>Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 21:50:33 -0500
>Reply-To: "Klarinet - Clarinettist's Network"
>From: "Stephen C. Baker" <SailDesign@-----.COM>
>Subject: Re: Please help - Mozart K.622
>To: Multiple recipients of list KLARINET

>Hi. I'm a sophmore in highschool. I'm looking for a
>kind-hearted fellow clarinettist to give me some advice.
>I'm going to be playing Mozart's Concerto K.622 for
>the RI Solo and Ensemble Festival and I was wondering
>if anyone could give me any tips. I'm playing movements
>two and three and the thirty-seconds in the second
>movement are giving me nightmares! There's also a question
>of tempo in the third movement. On my music it says that
>the quarter note@-----. The only person I've ever heard
>play this piece (on record) is Jack Brymer with the
>Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Field. He plays it quite
>a bit faster. What do you guys think? Fortunately,
>it's the most fun I've had playing in a long time
>or I'd have gone nuts!!

Tips for the K. 622

Firstly, you have chosen the most difficult piece of music ever written for
the instrument. Now, you may say (as well as others) that technically it is
not the most demanding however I would argue that it requires flawless
technique and artistry. Having said that it is also one of the most beautiful
and fun to perform compositions for clarinet (orchestras love it).

The thirty second notes in the second movement are not that fast. I would
suggest performing it no faster that mm=44-52, the slower this movement is
played the better. Also try (stamina allowing) to do the longest phrase
possible, as it further heightens the serenity of this movement. Also extreme
sensitivity to dynamics is very important.

The marking is mm@-----. Many play it faster than this
however I would say to respect the "Rondo" as a dance. And also keep in mind
that nowhere does it say allegro. One of the greatest difficulties (in my
experience) is the first technical passage: chord, noodle, chord, noodle,
scale. I would suggest practising this until "youse can stands it no more" as
it must be fluid beyond a shadow of a doubt.

>I don't mean to bore you with questions, but... have any
>of you know any thing about Berklee College of Music? I've been thinking
>of applying there and doing concurrent enrolement my senior
>year of highschool (If I get in!) Is the thought worth it?

>I have one more favor to ask and then I'll go away...I also have
>to do a report for Algebra (ugh!) and I was wondering
>if any one out there had any thoughts on "MUSIC AND MATH"
>as a subject for a paper. Please, Please, Please help me!

> Thanks bunches:-) Lis Baker

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