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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000109.txt from 2000/09

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] ClarFest CD's
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 21:12:44 -0400

<><> wrote:
... lets not forget about Manasse though because he "wowed 'em" as good
as nobody did @-----.

That's true, he did. Magnificent performance. But as I posted
once before (and keep in kind that my music education is limited), it
seemed to me that he departed from the 'accepted classic' dynamics in
several locations.
I'm not faulting him for doing so. I attended ClarinetFest to
hear good music, regardless of whether it was 'correct' by any
particular standard. But his performance did raise a question in my
mind, and I've asked it here since. I don't suppose there is a clear
answer to this, but how and where do you draw the line when playing
someone else's composition but playing it 'your own way"?

In fact, now that I think about it, I once asked this question in
the context of renting music for public performance. Legally (which is
not the same as art or historical accuracy), how much latitude do you
have before the composer is legally entitled to prosecute because you
misrepresented his or her composition to the public? I'm thinking of
changes more severe than just transposing to a different key or moving
to a different octave because of the instrument(s) that are available.
Suppose I rented "Cats" and then substituted 60 bars of
improvisation without prior announcement to the audience?

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