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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001251.txt from 1999/01

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Poulenc Sonata for 2
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 03:02:07 -0500

On Sun, 24 Jan 1999 23:56:56 -0500, said:

> I would play E#, so does Drucker. Poulenc uses too many E#'s in that
> mvt. not to.

But you could feel, he uses too many in the rest of the movement, to.

> Also the tritone interval B-E# to me seems more appropriate.

Perhaps. I *can* hear it as appropriate now, but it sort of *looks*
wrong, written like that. And when you play the E natural, sounding D,
there's a harmonic pendulum swing between the first and second half of
the bar that seems to me to make the C majorish feel of the Bb clarinet
in the second half work very well. The A clarinet's sounding B against
this C major feels relaxed-bitonal to me rather than dissonant, in
contrast to the definitely dissonant first half, perhaps because this B
is so high, and reached via fifths, very open-string-violin-ish. The
low/high alternation in the A clarinet contributes to the pendulum, too.

Taking the E# makes the bar more of a piece harmonically, which I think
I find less pleasing. Of course, you play the passage a bit differently
according to whether it's E natural or E#, and perhaps reading it as E
natural, and so having come to think of the harmony in the first way and
having plumped for a particular sort of tonal modulation, was what was
blocking my original acceptance of the #. You on the other hand may
have approached it the other way around.

Well, perhaps we'll find out. I still lean towards the E natural
myself, even though I'm now better prepared to find out I'm wrong.

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