Klarinet Archive - Posting 000987.txt from 1998/03
From: Steve Hodgson <seh@-----.com>
Subj: Re: Intermovement pauses
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 06:24:41 -0500
What do you mean by relatively recent phenomenon? I can't recall anyone
clapping between movements during the last 30 years, and presumably this
was the established practice long before that, or are you talking about
previous centuries? Or is this a relatively new devolopment just in the
U.S. you're talking about? I would be happy to applaud between
movements, especially after a particularly difficult solo, but as you
suggest, no one wants to show supposed ignorance by being the only one.
(Tim Roberts wrote:
> 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, timr@-----.com
> Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.)