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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000587.txt from 2000/07

From: Jay Webler <>
Subj: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 15:22:01 -0400

Could someone please refresh my mind. How old was Mozart when he first
began composing?

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

At 01:50 PM 7/18/00 -0500, you wrote:
>On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Jay Webler wrote:
> > I presently have 3 students studying the Mozart. One of them is an
> > 8th grader. When we went through the process of choosing a concerto to
> > work on I played and number of them for each student. Among them
> > were: Brahms 1st and 2nd Sonata, Weber Concertina, and the 2nd
> > Concerto, Saint Saens Sonata. Each on said that they would prefer the
> > Mozart.
>I don't think there is any magical age after which it is acceptable to
>play Mozart. It will vary considerably among students. But, as a college
>teacher, I would feel derelict in my duties if I did not assure myself
>that a student can perform the Mozart in a musically acceptable way.
>Often, the fact that they have played such works in high school (or even
>younger) just makes the whole process a lot more distasteful when they
>have to repeat these pieces as college students.
>(I want to acknowledge that it is oboe and bassoon students that I am
>dealing with most often, but each of those instruments have their own
>Mozart concertos, and the situation is the same as in the case of the
>Ed Lacy
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