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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000107.txt from 2000/07

From: Tony@-----.uk (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] von Weber Concertos 1 & 2 -Reply
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 14:24:10 -0400

On Mon, 03 Jul 2000 12:19:12 -0600, mholling@-----.edu said:

> I have a Ricordi/Giampieri edition of the Weber 1st which I really
> like. It contains several ossia bars containing ornamentation and the
> 1st movement cadenza attributed to Baermann.

Do you follow the instruction on the first page?

Namely:

"It is obligatory to print in the programme of any performance of this
piece not only the name of the composer, but also that of the editor,
Alamiro Giampieri."

Aside from the revulsion I feel for playing off a copy with that sort
of thing printed on it, my own experience is that having students
understand the sort of musical considerations that underly performance
is considerably hampered when they present the Weber from this edition.

That's not to say that someone who already understands phrase-structure
would be particularly bothered. (Probably both of us could follow the
letter of Giampieri's suggestions without compromising the musical sense
of the score.) But students often aren't able to cope with the notion
of a surface gesture and an underlying structure, and they simply 'play'
what's written.

A clean edition that follows Weber's manuscript is much easier to
discuss in the lesson, and that discussion allows the deeper structure
to emerge naturally. If you have constantly to ignore all these
crescendos and funny articulations, it's hard to get off the ground.

Tony
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