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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000299.txt from 2000/07

Subj: Re: [kl] von Weber Concertos 1 & 2 -Reply
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 10:08:38 -0400

In a message dated 7/7/00 4:15:37 AM, writes:

<< For minuets with trios, all da capos (except where he explicitly notates
manuscript "da capo senza repliche" are expected to be played with all repeats
every t ime and it is during those additional repeats that improvisation is
expected. >>

This is absolutely fascinating. I can't believe no one has ever told me this!

On the other hand, I have had my own theory about the Minuets in the Gran
Partitta. It seems to me if a composer needs a longer piece for outdoor or
occasional music, the easiest way to add length is to write something with a
lot of repeats. And even without those extra repeats Dan writes about, those
minutes in the GP are really long. I hope Mozart, being a professional and
somtimes practical guy, would understand leaving the Da Capo repeats out, in
order to save the players (and, perhaps, the audience) Certainly, it would
not have been uncommon to leave out entire movements if the time were not
needed? What do you think, Dan?

David Hattner, NYC

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