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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000960.txt from 1998/03

From: "Tim Roberts" <>
Subj: Intermovement pauses
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 12:39:27 -0500

Several weeks ago, when I saw David Shifrin perform the Brahms
clarinet/cello/piano trio here in Portland, I noticed something I wanted to ask
about. They seemed to have VERY long intermovement pauses, and during the
pauses Shifrin looked out to the audience quite expectantly, with a bemused
expression and raised eyebrows. Frankly, it looked to me like he was waiting
for applause.

Is it possible the relatively recent phenomenon of maintaining complete silence
between movements might be coming to an end, or is this just a case of a man
with a sense of humor trying to goad someone into incurring the wrath of his or
her audience-mates?

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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