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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000579.txt from 2000/07

From: Audrey Travis <>
Subj: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 13:22:19 -0400

--------------803DB87C28537FEFB0874407 wrote: "
I agree with the general idea that beginners could put their time to better use
than by tackling a professional-level concerto, but I hope the "we're not ready
yet" idea doesn't prove so contagious that adults and advanced students think
they can best show respect for Mozart by putting off, and putting off, and
putting off learning his music. I think there's a danger of deifying Mozart,
when the repertory of really first-class pieces for clarinet is so small."

> "If I waited to study something until I was sure of getting it right the first
> time, then chances are I'd never study anything and I'd die ignorant. " ,
> "As far as I'm aware, Mozart wrote his music to be played, not worshipped.
> By the most rigorous standards, I've got
> no business practicing the Mozart, since I'm an amateur who will never play a
> concerto in public or with an orchestra, or even well enough that I'd want
> anybody else to listen to me. Yet I do practice the concerto, because I love
> it, and because *playing it* as well as possible strikes me as a completely
> appropriate way to show respect for it."

> Lelia

I couldn't agree more. I (try to) play the classics because they are such
beautiful music - Mozart and Brahms - but both my teacher and I know how limited
I am because of technique restraints at this time. I'm the one who always says
that "I know I'm not ready, but could we please work on this new piece I just
bought?" He treats me seriously when I plop down a new (way over my head) piece
on his stand because he understands and, I think, appreciates, my fervent desire
to be a part of this gorgeous music. We both know I'll need to come back to it
years from now and try it again, but that's fine with me - at least I derive
immense satisfaction from playing this music now, and it has drawn me more
deeply into that world. And I agree that there's no reason an amateur shouldn't
derive as much pleasure as possible at whatever stage of development they find
themselves from this wonderful music. I bet that if Mozart knew, he'd love it!




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