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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000520.txt from 1996/04

From: "Daniel A. Paprocki" <dap@-----.US>
Subj: Re: Rabaud Solo de Concours
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 15:09:03 -0400

Dave,
A related piece to "The Blight ofthe Fumble Bee" is Debussy's
"Prelude to an afternoon on the farm".
IMHO, the faults I find with the Rabaud are: 1) the 1 page cadenza
- too long for a student to keep musically interesting and not sound like a
finger study or rush and trip through, 2) the slow movement is far too
confusing for a student - snail tempo, 32nds, 64ths thriplet 32nds, etc.
yes it's challenging but isn't it somewhat overpowering? 3) the last two
lines, if this is for a student, why this ending? high G last note?
I'm making the assumption that the student is a high school
student. I'd hate to be a contest judge and hear high school players bring
in this piece without proper guidance. Yes there is a nice tune and some
easy technical things but on the whole I'd rather see a student work on the
Weber Concertino or something less intimidating and of more value
musically.

Dan

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Daniel A. Paprocki
dap@-----.us

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