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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000060.txt from 2000/09

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] An interesting story about Schoenberg
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 17:19:26 -0400

On Sun, 3 Sep 2000 16:58:28 EDT, said:

> Dan Leeson wrote, quoting from B. H. Haggin
> > "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."
> B. H. Haggin didn't witness this incident. It's hearsay and obviously
> not a complete story, since such a large part of it is innuendo
> between the lines.

Yes, that's clearly *very* important -- I missed that. Thank you,

I made the assumption that Haggin was reproducing what Burghauser wrote
in his memoirs, and didn't notice that the form of language, reported
speech, contradicts that.

Dan, do you have anything to add to that? like, is the original German
quoted anywhere, or is there further discussion of the incident? (The
last bit, after the '--', might be read as referring to another

Is *anything* verbatim, even if translated, or is it all reported

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