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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001401.txt from 2000/04

From: "Emily S" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Gender bias - survey?
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 22:12:40 -0400

Overall, in my experience of playing in different groups in different
places, I've found that the clarinet seems to be played more or less
equally by males and females, at least compared to the bais of some other
instruments. A while ago I was surfing around on the bulletin board
archives, and I found an interesting discussion on the "gender" of the
clarinet itself. One said it was absolutly male, the other said female. In
my opinion, it is neutral, because it can sound masculin- big, bright and
strong, or feminin- liquid, sweet and singing. I'm interested to hear the
opinions of the others on this- it's certainly a discussion worth reviving.
Another point- in my experience, the groups made up of young people, like my
high school band or youth orchestra, have mostly female clarinetists, and
going for the higher positions, like I mentionned before. But take a look
at the really famous clarinetists....there seems to be more males in that
domain. Is it because females biologically grow faster earlier on, but
later on in life, the males are bolder? I realize this is a stereotype but
there's at least some truth to it.
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