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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000817.txt from 1997/12

From: NYSAP <>
Subj: Re: morales post
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 10:54:57 -0500

Dear Dan,

I agree with your point that we should strive to play works as the
composer has intended. But what i dont agree on is that one should compromise
ones standard of excellence to do so. Yes you can buy a Bb basset clarinet
from a German brand but why would sacrifice tone and intonation to just play a
few notes? I think you would have had more of a problem with the performance
if Mr. Morales played the aria out of tune and with a terrible sound. As
stated in his posting, he did look for an instrument and didnt find any that
was up to his standards.
What bothered me about your postings is the fact you think because he
is young that he is immature in his musical knowlege. What makes you think
that the principle of the METROPOLITAN OPERA would not know about the basset
part in the PARTO PARTO aria? You know when I was 20 even I knew that the
aria was played on Bb basset let alone Ricardo who has had the job for almost
5 years and he is 25.


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