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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000339.txt from 1995/03

From: Fred Jacobowitz <fredj@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: The Stately Polacca
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 1995 23:35:53 -0500

Touche! (are we still friends?)

On Sat, 11 Mar 1995, Nichelle Crocker wrote:

> These comments are mostly a response to Fred Jacobowitz...
> (thanks Fred, for your advice and opinions)
> Yes, I did read the whole article in Groves. I agree with the point
> that the term apparently means "anything the composers damn well wanted
> it too". I think that the music comes first, and our terminology is
> merely a way of trying to interpret and understand it. Our concept of
> this terminology needs to be flexible. We have to keep our minds open.
> But I want to make the point that even though the composer may have done
> anything he/she "damn well wanted to", the performer has a responsibility
> to the piece.
> I understand your caution about taking "lesser" dictionaries too seroiusly,
> but I am also naturally inquisitive and curious about what others have to
> say. I am hesitant to take information from only one source (as a general
> rule).
> And about this comment, "So ignore all that B.S. about 'stately', etc.",
> I don't think I should ignore it. As a student, it is my responsibility
> to try to learn as much as I can about everything I do. Even if the things
> I turn up do not apply specifically to the piece I am performing, they
> contribute to my general knowledge about music and performance, and I
> consider the time well spent.
> Nichelle Crocker

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