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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000236.txt from 1996/04

From: "I. E. Pearson" <>
Subj: Re: Slurring in K.361
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 12:29:17 -0400

Regarding the demi-semi-quavers in the third variation of K.361's last
movement, I can't help thinking that Mozart felt he didn't need to specify
the articulation because the players of his day would have automatically
known how to play the passage. And I'd like to speculate further that they
would have SLURRED the passage!! Stan points out the practicality of
slurring these notes, and now that we know more about K.622, we are
reminded that Mozart DID indeed know the instrument he was writing for.
Although the concept of writing "ideal" music might be a nice way to solve
the 'problem', albeit temporarily, I wonder of this was a common mode of
thinking in the late eighteenth century???????????

Watch out for the new Cambridge Handbook on the Mozart Concerto by Colin Lawson.

Ingrid E. Pearson

I. E. Pearson
Research Student
Department of Music

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