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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000633.txt from 2000/07

From: Lecia A Cecconi-Roberts <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Brahms Sonatas
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 13:49:43 -0400

I agree. And, some say that the same is true about the slow movement of
the Mozart

Lecia Cecconi-Roberts
267 Fine Arts
University of Missouri-Columbia
(573) 882-0939

"I'm my daughter's mommy..."
Arianna Grace Cecconi Roberts--born August 4, 1998 :)

On Wed, 19 Jul 2000, Jim Lytthans wrote:

> Regarding playing the Brahms Sonatas at a young age:
> I've adjudicated many times at solo festivals and cringe when I hear a 12
> year old clarinet player try to perform the slow movements from the Brahms
> sonatas. Once in a while someone of that age group comes along with some
> understanding of the mood of piece, but that is rare. Sure the notes are
> fairly easy, but understanding interpretation take maturity. Someone
> commented that these sonatas are more difficult than flashy Weber, and I
> hardily agree. I performed both the sonatas in high school, but I really
> didn't understand what Brahms what trying to say. Neither did my teacher
> then. Sure the notes were there and I picked up Superiors at festivals, but
> it took many years (and many of the heartaches and trials of adulthood)
> before I felt I knew the sonatas. Reading about Brahms helped, too, because
> I acquired a knowledge of the man behind the music. Brahms was very much
> afraid of the Industrial Age and all the new mechanized wonders of the late
> 19th century, and seemed to long for a simpler age (don't we all?). The
> sonatas became close friends of mine when I understood the composer's life
> and trials, and connected them with my own adult life.
> Such is the nature of musical growth.
> BTW, Lynette and I had a grand time in Norman, OK, the weather being what it
> was. No tornados, at least! I picked up a set of rosewood Patricloas (Bb,
> Eb & A) and are enjoying them immensely. Great workmanship and a gorgeous
> sound. I have the Bb and Eb in my possession, but the A had return to
> Italy. The factory rep said that he was required by US Customs to export
> all the instruments brought in. My new A is, apparently, an illegal alien,
> and so must be shipped from Italy to International Music Supply with an
> immigrant visa ;^). Lisa will then ship it to me in a double case. The
> Patricola factory is making be a custom Bb/Eb case at no charge. Nice
> people to deal with!
> P. S. Wasn't Allesandro Carbonare wonderful, especially with the broken
> clarinet. He pulled that funny stunt in Paris, too.
> ------------------------
> Jim Lytthans
> Principal Clarinet - La Mirada SO,
> Claremont Symphonic Winds,
> Pomona Concert Band
> Member Local 47, A. F. of M.
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