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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000496.txt from 2000/07

From: Tony@-----.uk (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 09:59:06 -0400

On Fri, 14 Jul 2000 08:40:47 -0400, pattiesmith@-----.net said:

> Ann, I wish I could do what you have done, and leave the Mozart alone
> for a year - actually more like several hundred years. I am
> struggling with the first movement. I too am reading Tony's excellent
> article, and it is enlightening, yet I cannot make my physical
> apparatus unlearn some of the awful habits I learned my first year or
> two in college (the Romanticising of the concerto that has been spoken
> against so often here on the list and elsewhere). It is so hard to
> unlearn those old habits!!!

Thank you for the kind comment about PIC.

I'd just like to say that you do actually have some habits that you
learnt ages ago that are helpful: namely the habits of speech, and,
particularly, the habits of speech in simple song, as opposed to the
artificial 'production' characteristic of trained voices.

In teaching the Mozart, I've found it helpful to say that it works
best when the sound is quite 'concentrated' throughout, and that it's
*more* concentrated at the beginnings of phrases.

This avoids an initial approach that is too 'wafty', and which destroys
the long line that is also an important part of this music.

The 'All that stuff about the diaphragm' article is helpful too, because
that helps you throw away a lot of the 'doing' that is in the way of
making this approach work.

Tony
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