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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001028.txt from 1997/09

From: mipresc@-----.edu (Steve Prescott)
Subj: Clarinets of different keys
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 20:29:38 -0400

Dan wrote:

While the ideas I espouse may be perpendicular to your intent, I do not
see how I set myself up for "ridicule." I suspect your choice of word
was too rapid. You may have meant something else. But if that really
was what you meant, it borders on the absurd. That a person's view,
expressed in a reasonably articulate fashion, is perceived as inviting
ridicule from the cognoscenti is a view that could only be equated
with elitism; i.e., since it doesn't agree with the tradition view
(or my view or your view) it therefore can be ridiculed.

And I'm not going to agree that you are part of the congnoscenti while
I am not.

Thus I am not sure what the purpose of your note was.

Dan,

Would you care to address the rest of my post or are you too offended by my
first statement? I was responding to you're rather absurd (this word seems
strong here as it does in your post) comments suggesting every clarinetist
own all clarinets that ever existed. And what of Muller's clarinet, tooted
(pun intended) to enable the player to dispense with the A and C clarinets
(Adam Carse, Musical
Wind Instruments).

My other post, sans the offending line:

You have know idea where my thoughts are
> going with regard to A bass etc. I don't make excuses; I forge results. We
> spoke of composer's intent a while ago on this list. You mentioned,
> concerning why keys were added to the clarinet (earlier discussion), that
> any assumptions we make, are just that, assumptions. We can merely
> speculate and have no real facts on this matter. The same, with a few
> exceptions, can be said of composer's intent. We just played Smetna's
> Moldeau. The clarinet players use Bb, A and C clarinets. Is this because of
> the sound the composer wanted? I'll speculate it was because of ease of
> key. So should I play the part on C clarinet because it's in an easier key
> as I speculate the composer intended or should I play it on Bb and
> transpose? Think about intent..."Do not go blindly into that good night!"

Steve

Steve Prescott
Instrument Rep.Tech./ Clarinetist
Indiana State University
mipresc@-----.edu

   
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