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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001048.txt from 1997/09

From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.EDU>
Subj: RE: Clarinets of different keys
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 00:41:10 -0400

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.57
> Subj: Clarinets of different keys

> 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).

No. I do not care to address the rest of your post.

> 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
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California

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