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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000820.txt from 1997/12

From: "Dan Leeson:>
Subj: Re: Morales post
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:29:23 -0500

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.57
> Subj: Re: morales post

> > From: MX%"klarinet@-----.75
> > Subj: Re: morales post
> >
> > 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.
> Why would you think that he would play out of tune or diminish his
> standards by playing on a German clarinet? Who says that anything
> is so sacrificed by doing this? There are those who suggest that
> exactly the opposite is the case; i.e., that the French instruments
> are inferior. (I am not one of those but simply state what some fine
> players suggest.) And you are right. I would not have wanted him to
> play out of tune or with a terrible sound on any instrument. What made
> you think that I did?
> It is true that his note suggested that he could not find an instrument
> that was up to his standards, but I suspectg*^la._SUQ/IM63WZFv# S
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I think I better finish this note. My computer goes crazy from time
to time, emulating its owner.

What I was saying was that most people, and possibly Morales, are
unaware that German clarinets are also made in a French system at
special request. But I do not believe that he would dismiss a
German clarinet based on its being out of tune. In Germany, that
is against the law; i.e., to play out of tune.

> > 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.
> >
> >
> > NYSAP@-----.COM
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California

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