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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000895.txt from 1998/04

From: GTGallant <>
Subj: Re: On teaching (was Charlie Neidich etc...)
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 06:05:16 -0400

In a message dated 98-04-16 20:33:41 EDT, you write:

<< The point I am trying to make is how much teaching should be
specific criticism of performance elements vs analysis of
compositional details? >>

Wouldn't that depend on who was being taught? If a teacher was addressing
high level grad students, who had ample technique and musical understanding,
the analysis aproach would probably be more benneficial. The average student
is probably not mature enough to understand musical (historical) analysis and
should be instructed accordingly. I've played the Mozart Concerto and Quintet
(on bassett clarinet) and play it close to what I think Mozart wanted. I was
first coached on performance basics (i.e. crescendo here, eingang there) and
then on the analysis and reasoning behind why it was done. Maybe the two
elements go hand in hand?

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