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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000146.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Standing is bad (further flame bait)
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 07:44:42 -0400

> > I'm not implying all sitters play this way, but the players I've heard
> > do this tend to posess some or all of these qualities: sheepishness,
> > unagressive boring playing, small sound, no pesonality/charisma, take
> > no musical/technical chances, horrible stage presence, etc.

But keep in mind that some do not. Bob Spring played two of his Doctoral
recitals sitting - and he played all the recitals I attended sitting as
well. Granted, I have heard him play many times since and he was
standing, but I didn't view him as sheepish, unagressive, boring, etc. at

I used to play most of my recitals sitting until a few years ago. I have
no idea why I went back to standing - just felt like it. There is a bit
more freedom to move isn't there?
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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