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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000671.txt from 1996/01

From: Neil Leupold <nleupold@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Stravinsky
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 10:53:19 -0500


You close your interesting explanation of Stravinsky's Three Pieces with
"NO BASIS IN FACT". Did you make all that up? From whom did you receive
the information? Several other members of Klarinet have cited a cat and
bird story for the second movement -- conspicously absent from your version.
Can anybody else offer information on the piece which is known to be "based
in fact"? Or has someone coincidentally heard the same story as Jay's?


On Mon, 29 Jan 1996, jay eric niepoetter wrote:

> Ok, here's the story I've always heard about the Three Pieces...
> Stravinksy was very intrigued with jazz and around the 1920's he went to a
> night club one evening to listen to a hot young clarinetist. He got to the
> club too early and had to see the opening act. The opening act
> was a husband and wife singing duo. This singing duo is represented by the
> first mov't. The husband sings the low stuff and the wife sings most of the
> throat tone notes. If you follow the part you can (with a little
> imagination) hear the two singing back and forth to teach other. It
> helps explain why there are so many strange breath marks. Most of the
> time it marks where one singer takes over from the other. Finally they
> both sing the last to bars together (loudly) for the big finish.
> Stravinsky decides he doesn't have to go to the bathroom during the
> intermission. He is very excited about hearing this clarinetest that he
> doesn't want to lose his seat! He is close enough to the stage to hear
> this incredible clarinetist warming up backstage. His warm up is
> represented by the second mov't. A few choice and well practiced "licks"
> - check out some high notes for response - check out some low notes -
> big dynamic changes. Stravinsky can't figure out how to notate the
> clarinetist's "warm up", so he decides not to use bar lines. Of the
> mov'ts we probably play this one the most free. In the middle of a
> "lick" someone shouts that is time to go on - hence the abrupt ending.
> Stravinsky LOVED the guy and had a great time all evening. He wanted to
> remember the night forever and penned the Three Pieces. The last mov't
> was an actual solo that the clarinetist played in one of the tunes.
> Stravinsky was not familiar enough with jazz to realize how much of it is
> improvisational. In his head he heard the accents and stuff to be
> strange meter changes.
> Jay

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