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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000810.txt from 2000/07

From: Daniel Leeson <leeson0@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Mozart's wife and Carl Maria Weber
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 12:37:42 -0400

There is no information known to me that would allow anyone to make an
authoritative statement about what Mozart's tempo intentions were for
any movement of K. 622. But I don't consider the absence of that data
as fatal. One simply has to determine what the tempo is from the
character of the work and the internal energy given by the performers.

And, in my opinion, in the final analysis, almost any tempo can be made
to work if the work has that internal energy. A performance played
without energy is not going to have a comfortable time in any tempo even
the one that was in Mozart's head.

DanLeeson
Patricia Smith wrote:
>
> Dan,
> We have been bandying about various theories on what may or may not be a
> proper tempo for the slow movement of K622. None of us possess your level
> of expertise on K622, so we are wondering: what are your findings in this
> regard? Are there any notes of Mozart's left regarding this issue, or is
> this something we simply do not have?
> I personally do not make a religion out of worshipping composers (or any
> other non-deity for that matter); however, I do wish when I work on, perform
> and teach this piece of music to do it as closely to what the composer
> wished as possible, given what scholarship is available.
> TIA,
> Patty Smith
>
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