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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000432.txt from 2000/07

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Orchestral improvisation
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 09:19:01 -0400

-- Keith <> wrote:

> Actually, I'd really like to know the answer too, if Dan is listening. If
> not, I'll ply him with beer and pizza at ClarinetFest until he answers. Was
> improvisation ever a feature of orchestral playing?

It was, at a Roger Williams concert I played a few years ago. Yet the
other orchestra members were so stiff about it, I was embarrassed to be
on stage with them. Sometimes we symphonic players take ourselves a
little too seriously. What a contradiction: we goof off and improvise
like monkeys during warm-ups, but when given the chance to have a little
fun in performance, everybody freezes up!


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