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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000629.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re:morales et al
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 06:36:37 -0500

It is *not* just "Mr. Leeson's opinion". Playing this obbligato on the
basset instrument is now practically standard practice elsewhere. There is
such an instrument in the Bate Collection here in Oxford (Eng.) which was
specially made for this purpose several decades ago - I don't have any
more details to hand, but I have seen it. If I remember correctly, its
bottom note is written D. Certainly this instrument was made years before
the beginning of the current "authenticity" movement , if there can be
said to be such a thing.
Roger Shilcock

On Thu, 11 Dec 1997, richard macdowell wrote:

> Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 13:44:00 -0600
> From: richard macdowell <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: Re:morales et al
> I'd like to add my $.02 to this discussion. I believe that any decision as
> to which instrument to play in the Met orchestra has to be the
> responsibility of the man on the podium. He's got to be aware of his
> options, and considering his string section is not about to change to gut
> strings, etc, etc, he probably endorsed or ordered Ricardo to play on his
> "normal" onstrument. The Met has never been famous for using "authentic"
> instruments and probably won't for some time (if at all). The most
> disturbing thing about this bruhaha is that Mr. Leeson presents his OPINION
> to be the gospel, and to lay what he regards as guilt for not agreeing with
> him that this is unprofessional or at least uninformed behavior) at
> Ricardo's door. Rather than using this incident to express his opinion
> about what is acceptable performance why doesn't someone get in tioch with
> Ricardo and find out what went on?

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