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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000502.txt from 1996/04

From: niethamer@-----.BITNET
Subj: Re: Dan and Michelangelo-WARNING:DIATRIBE!
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 21:59:18 -0400

On Sun, 14 Apr 1996, Daniel A. Paprocki wrote:

> That's a good one. A clarinetist will always have a personally
> unique sound. I've heard a friend play after not hearing them for a couple
> of months and they sounded the same, even though they were on a new
> clarinet, different mouthpiece, ligature, and reed from before.

All too true - you get what you "hear", and equipment feels different,
and sounds marginally different, but not all that much.

> I would say that my sound would be the same but my style of playing
> would differ from piece to piece. I don't think I would mess with changing
> to a bright or lighter reed or mouthpiece for the French pieces or a
> heavier darker sound for the Brahms. As we all know, most of the time
> we're thankful for an ideal reed that will allow us to achieve our top
> level of performance. So the "tone" would not change but the musican
> approach would.

Presumably one would have a set-up that allowed a certain amount of tonal
flexibility to deal with Brahms and Debussy on the same program. If you
had the differences of tonal color in mind, on a good day you might be
able to transmit them to the audience without clarinet or reed surgery!

David Niethamer

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