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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000819.txt from 1999/01

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Subjective and Objective
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 22:54:59 -0500

On Sun, 17 Jan 1999 19:20:03 -0500, said:

> The "character" argument is what the Paris Conservatory professors
> used to reject Muller's clarinet in the early 19th century.
> Funny, in a short time, other clarinetists, not so constrained by
> talent, had made it the choice instrument in France.

You have to remember that the music was changing too, Tom. As the music
got more complex, instruments became more powerful and more flexible in
order to keep up with the technical demands.

It's indubitable that the character of the instruments changed as a
result of this, and certainly at least arguable that not all of that
change of character improved the performance of earlier music.

I thought you were against "arguments from the masses" anyway?

(Can I say, "Funny, in a short time, other players have made period
instruments the choice on recordings and concerts of baroque music."?)

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