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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000037.txt from 2000/09

From: Daniel Leeson <leeson0@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] An interesting story about Schoenberg
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 20:56:25 -0400

Hugo Burghauser was the first bassoon with the Vienna Philharmonic and
the orchestra's chairman from 1933 to 1938. In 1966 he gave a
collection of his reminiscences to B.H. Haggin who published them in an
article entitled "Vienna's Great Conductors." Here is a direct quote
from that publication.

"Arnold Schoenberg [was having a] rehearsal with a small Vienna
Philharmonic group, in the '20s, for a performance of his
Kammersymphonie. At one point the clarinetist Polatschek leaned over to
whisper to Burghauser that he had just discovered he had by mistake been
playing a clarinet in B-flat instead of the one in A specified in the
score, and Schoenberg hadn't noticed it -- which led to Burghauser's
suggestion that the musicians play wrong notes to see if Schoenberg
would hear them, and their discovery that he did not hear them."
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