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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001311.txt from 2000/04

From: Dan Sutherland <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Strauss' Gypsy Baron
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 21:15:18 -0400

I recall many performances of this surprisingly worthy work. I suggest
playing the passage for memory at differing tempi. The train wreck occurs
when we must repeat a,f#,b,f# a few times and we put the notes in the wrong
order. Just practise that combination of notes till tears stream down your
I will be thinking of you as your life passes before your eyes during the
string leadup. The passage is playable.

For several years I was continually hired to play the part at balls
because a certain conductor with a delicious, malicious nature had not
heard me fail attempting it. When I got notice of the job I inserted
playing the passage for memory into my practise routine. It was a
challenge that I survived, but unfortunately the balls and the conductor
have retired.


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At 02:03 PM 4/28/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Does anyone have a suggestion about how to smoothly play the left-handed
>lick from Hell 9 bars after #16 at the 2/4 time signature? For some reason
>I am having a terrible time trying to play this section. I can't seem to get
>it smoothly enough, fast enough. I need help ASAP as the concert is
>Saturday night. I am feeling like a very inadequate principal player, even
>though no one else in the section can do a better job than I am. I can play
>it, but not fast enough for this conductor. He hasn't said anything yet,
>but I sure am getting a lot of dirty looks. TIA.
>Nancy E. Buckman, Technical Assistant
>School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
>Anne Arundel Community College
>Arnold, Maryland 21012 USA
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