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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000256.txt from 2000/07

Subj: Re: [kl] Weber/Pamela Weston
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 09:04:18 -0400


Thank you for having the courage to say this in public. It is very important.

David Hattner, NYC

In a message dated 7/5/00 11:26:28 PM, writes:

<< She thinks, for example, that if Weber writes no dynamics, and some
expression is called for, then the only solution is to begin quietly and
do a crescendo. Turning that unjustified assumption into a printed
crescendo in the solo part is nothing short of criminal.

Pamela Weston is not Weber, and she's not a player either. She may be a
good biographer, but as far as I'm concerned that's where it stops.

I deeply resent her blocking the deeper understanding of these ideas by
way of what I regard as a spurious authority, derived from the acclaim
she has received for her biographical researches. It is an authority
cavalierly assumed, and I'm determined to argue against it.

In the days when it was difficult to hear performances by the best
players, producing editions that represented their personal opinions may
have served some purpose. Nowadays, when we can hear those performances
on radio and disc, the need has evaporated. >>

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