Klarinet Archive - Posting 000317.txt from 1997/12
From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: Today's Titus on the Met Broadcast
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 20:27:03 -0500
> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.19
> Subj: Re: Today's Titus on the Met Broadcast
> On Sat, 6 Dec 1997, Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.edu wrote:
> > Can Morales play well? He's breathtaking. Does he play intelligently?
> > He is a joy to hear. Is he aware of the relationship between performance
> > practice and proper execution of music from this era? I think not.
> > And it makes no difference if no one in the world including Morales knows
> > what he did. It is our duty to find out about these things and to do
> > them, not for ourselves, but for the music. That is what constitutes
> > the highest level of professionalism.
> Or.....we may simply play a piece in any way we like simply because we
> like it that way. If it is not being portrayed as original in every way,
> it is not a crime, nor is it unprofessional. What is professional anyway?
Are you suggesting that anyone may do whatever they wish when performing,
the only requirement being that we like it that way? Do you seriously
believe a play to be a free agent to do what s/he wishes when performing?
Both the written notes and the performance practice need not be
Is this your suggestion?
> If the Boston Pops plays the Beatles does it mean they are unprofessional?
> If some movie producer produces a movie based on a book, is that person
> unprofessional? It really boils down to how it was presented and why.
> There is nothing wrong with the version Morales played.......it is still a
> beautiful work, and it is still representative of Mozart's music, albeit
> not the original intention.
> Roger Garrett
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California