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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000156.txt from 2000/07

Subj: [kl] e: [kl] von Weber Concertos 1 & 2 -Reply
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 10:15:14 -0400

I agree about this edition and Bellison's markings. On the other hand, when I
hear Bellison's recording of the Mozart Quintet, I don't care because he is
making real music out of it. Even if some of his ideas are 'misguided' he
does them in a very convincing and honest way.

David Hattner, NYC

>>>I was traveling recently and dropped in on a friend, and just for fun we

stumbled our way through K. 622 with my friend on the piano part in Bb. I had

to read his Simeon Bellison edition (referred to by Dan), and found the

constant crescendo/decrescendos and "funny articulations" quite disconcerting

and hard to ignore. I had to restrain myself from making comments about my

host's choice of edition.

I guess the problem is that these markings on the page are only the crudest

sort of approximation of what it takes to make real music. Probably to Mr.

Bellison they made sense as a shorthand for how he played a phrase, but as

the inverse of Tony's example, I think you could also follow the markings to

the letter and still make it unmusical (completely aside from the question of

18th century performance practice).<<<

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