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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000112.txt from 1998/04

From: Morrie Backun <>
Subj: RE: very young principal cl's
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 11:31:45 -0500

This happened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York when the brilliant
young Riccardo Morales won. (In his early twenties) I had a chance to
hear him in December in Stravinsky's - The Rakes Progress. He truly
deserves the job! What a magnificent player.

Morrie Backun
-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, April 03, 1998 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: very young principal cl's

Hi all,

One of my students asked if it ever happens that a very young
player wins
a 1st audition, and is technically "the boss" of older,
orchestral clarinetists. Of course this does happen (I remember
about a flutist winning prin.flute in I think Cleveland at an
age barely
into the 2O's) and it got me thinking; what do you all think of
this fact
of life, versus say a situation where a young, brilliant player
is started
as say Assoc.1st or 2nd, and then as others retire, moves up.
Might it not
lead to real long-term tension if there's a more experienced and
great Assoc.Principal (no small achievement as jobs go) in a big
orchestra, who may have been hoping to move up to the Principal
job for a
while, and then is bypassed by someone potentially a lot
younger? A couple
of years ago the Toronto Symphony denied tenure to a great young
percussionist who'd won the Prin.Perc.job while still a student
Eastman, but didn't have the support of his section, or enough
experience. Just wondering.

Peter Stoll
Instructor, University of Toronto

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