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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000169.txt from 1999/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Standing is bad (further flame bait)
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 18:15:03 -0400

In a message dated 99-06-03 13:57:47 EDT, you write:

<< but it does not require that they dance, wave the bell of the instrument
in the air, or otherwise choreograph the music.
If one's enjoyment of the music requires these sorts of antics, it must be
particularly unrewarding to listen to recordings, where the choreography
cannot be seen. >>

I never stated or implied the above statement. You definately distorted my
comment to an extreme. When a performer contorts his body, face and
extremities too much, the music is no longer the focal point and the listener
becomes distracted. When a player doesn't move at all, that too becomes
distracting and ruins a concert. Something in the middle will suffice.

<<If you ever get a chance to have a private conversation with Stolzman, ask
him how he feels that he ranks in comparison to Brody, Drucker, Morales,
Marcellus, etc., etc.>>

I'm well aware of Stolzman's humble, effacing demeanor that he portrays in
articles and interviews. Yes, the players you mentioned above blow Stolzman
away technically, but they do not compare with his showmanship,
expressiveness, and stage presence - with exception of Morales. So, maybe
this means the audience expects more than technique and a pretty sound when
attending a solo concert.

<<That's where we differ on this point. I expect to *hear* some excitement

How many concerts have you attended where the entire time, your eyes were
Why not just listen to a recording? Concertgoing is nothing more than
entertainment. When I attend a concert, my sight and hearing, and sometimes
smell (don't ask!) are functioning as one sense. Without either one, the
experience would suffer.

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