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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000271.txt from 1996/04

From: Nick Shackleton <>
Subj: Re: Dan and Michelangelo and Ron
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 20:20:37 -0400

I'm not qualified and/or arrogant enough to say what he/she SHOULD do.
Give me a four-year sabattical to properly prepare myself and I'd consider
using four different clarinets but that would be taking a didactic approach.
I think that one more admires a performer who gives a recital without
changing his/her clarinet or the reverberation of the room or the
amplification and still brings out the contrasting character of the pieces-
but in that case if is me playing then a critic would have to say (at best)
"his tone was more suited to Brahms than to Francaix" and I'd say "yes,
that's the choice I made when I selected my equipment, it's fair criticism
but my eyes were open"
>I have been reading this recent exchange with interest. I have a question
>to ask; Should a clarinetist-musician performing a recital of let us say:
>Sonata No. 2, Eb Major Brahms; Variations for Clarinet and Piano, Francaix;
>Sonata Bb Major, Wanhall; and Sonatine Attique, Tomasi--perform this recital
>using the same "tone" for this music? Quite a few different styles and
>eras are covered. Just a bit of food for thought.
>Ron Monsen--
Nick Shackleton, University of Cambridge, Godwin Laboratory,
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