Klarinet Archive - Posting 000112.txt from 1998/03
From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: alto mpcs
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 21:33:59 -0500
At 10:48 AM 3/2/98 -0600, Roger Garrett wrote:
>> At 12:34 PM 2/28/98 -0600, Roger Garrett wrote:
>> I guess I don't want my kids growing up to appreciate the Verdi
>> >Requiem because they won a marching competition using a portion of the
>> >piece! I would rather have them understand the art of why the piece is a
>> >requiem.....the form, the history, the ART of music.
>Bill Hausmann responded:
>> This is not an either/or proposition. With competent teaching, and maybe
>> even without, one should be the pathway to the other -- in either
>I'm not sure what you mean Bill.........my response was to the question
>that was posed.......what difference does it matter if they learn [list of
>works including Verdi's Requiem] on the stage or the field? The person
>maintained it is a matter of perspective. I very much disagree with that
>premise.......no passionate, dedicated music educator would use the
>marching field as the way to teach a student music literacy regarding one
>of history's greatest works by one of one of it's most famous composers!
>Now.....if you mean it could lead to more teaching.......no problem there.
>But your posting eliminated WHY I responded the way I did......and
>presented my posting by itself - which is definitely out of context. But,
>I know what you are getting at I think.
I think you do, too. Playing the work in marching band can be the gateway
to learning more about the piece and ultimately appreciating it in it's
original setting, historical context, etc. Conversely, previous in-depth
knowledge of the piece can lead to better performance on the marching
field. In either case, learning is enhanced. However you lead the horse
to water, if you can get it to drink...
Bill Hausmann bhausman@-----.com
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