Klarinet Archive - Posting 000438.txt from 1995/03
From: Neil Leupold <Neil_Leupold@-----.COM>
Subj: Dan's Stravinsky testimony
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 1995 14:26:15 -0500
Reply to: Dan's Stravinsky testimony
"In 1913, when the Rite was composed, that note was not available and
Stravinsky himself concluded, once the note was available, that it should be
played. However, he never changed the part. On the other hand, that is
exactly what I did at a recent performance and I got my head handed to me by
the conductor. "What the hell are you doing?" I should have gotten the OK
from Stravinsky in writing."
You're talking about the descending line of 7 notes immediately preceding the
sacrificial dance of the virgin, right? I can not imagine anybody taking the
last notes up an octave! I've never heard a recording with it done that way,
and I've seen the SF Symphony (and the Youth Orchestra as well) play the piece
several times. Don Carrol's response to your conductor's iritation would be,
"What makes musical sense, sir? Is this really what Stravinsky had in mind?"
But, I suppose if Blomstedt had exploded in similar fashion (which he would
never do, of course), Don would have had to acquiesce as well.