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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000706.txt from 2000/07

Subj: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 19:11:00 -0400

I judge solo contests quite frequently here in Texas. I have not been able
to award many first division ratings on the second movement of the Mozart. I
am understanding of the fact that it is a high school player performing and
they will not sound like Marcellus, but they have got to have some
understanding of the music. Many play it in six with the eighth note at less
than 60 beats per minute with no crescendo or diminuendo and when it comes to
the 32nd's they play unevenly and cannot get through them without fumbling
even at that slow tempo. It becomes an endurance contest to sit through it,
but I will not stop a student then give them less than a first division. I
think they play it because, like someone else posted, somebody told them it
is easy. I have had only very few students play that because they do have to
have a certain maturity to perform it. I have had many high school students
work on it in lessons, and if they have not worked on it by the time they get
to the junior college at which I teach, they surely do work on the entire
concerto, even if they do not perform it. Well, I better quit being so
long-winded and get off my soap box.
James Marioneaux

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