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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000307.txt from 2000/07

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: [kl] Ornamentation in chamber music
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 11:08:47 -0400

I've just played K581 in the Oxford Chamber Music Festival with a
wonderful young pickup quartet led by the excellent Isabelle Faust. We
did some, though not much, ornamentation.

Now, obviously, if I ornament, then the first violin ornaments too.
But, how about the others?

When we went down this road in the Nash Ensemble on a US tour a few
years ago, there came a point where it started to get a bit silly -- or
so I thought. One of the 'best' among many moments was when the
'cellist decided at the last moment to put the final E of his solo in
the second trio of K581 up the octave, in a flamboyant gesture that had
us practically rolling about on stage in the concert. And as you can
imagine, there's lots of scope for 'improvements' in, say, the viola

(I remember Virginia Benade was in the audience for that particular
concert with the high E. I forgot to ask her afterwards what she'd
thought about the 'free' quality of our efforts.)

Is this authentic behaviour?

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