Klarinet Archive - Posting 001253.txt from 1998/03
From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SECOND
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 17:39:27 -0500
At 10:42 PM 3/26/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Ed Lacy is correct in saying that the importance of being second applies
>to the other sections of the orchestra as well.
>There were certain works that had low 2nd oboe parts, especially in
>certain chords, that were eventually played by the second clarinet.
>Karl Ancerl recognized the difficulty and most likely did this through
>tradition in the Czech Philharmonic. I'm not sure what the piece was but
>it may have been something in the slow movement of the Seventh Symphony
>There is such a critical place in a chord situation in The Moldau.
>There I think the solution was to give the low 2nd oboe note to the
All of this with callous disregard of the composer's intentions! Dvorak
and Smetana no doubt INTENDED the squawky nasty sound of the low second
oboe notes as being critical to the overall sound of the piece.
Transposing for an instrument in a different key indeed! I'm shocked!!! :-)
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