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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000247.txt from 2000/09

Subj: Re: [kl] Schoenberg
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 11:54:16 -0400

In a message dated 9/7/00 9:22:14 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< he conductor Alois Melichar reported that the first clarinettist in the
Berlin Opera Orchestra had played twenty rehearsals of 'Pierrot' before
anyone noticed that he was supposed to shift from a Bb to an A clarinet
from time to time. All this testimony encourages a skeptical view of most
glib references to 'Pierrot' and its significance." >>

Enough of this!

Just because a jaded/bored/sloppy clarinetitist was allowed to mis-play a
part in Twenty (who gets time for twenty rehearsals of anything?) says
NOTHING about the quality of the composer or the music.

Schoenberg was one of the seminal musical minds of the late 19th, early 20th
century. His ideas influenced several generations of composers and many of
his compositions have stood the test of time.

If you don't like 12 tone music, or don't understand it, listen to a good
recording of "Transfigured Night". Ok, now let's make inane jokes........

What is the point of repeating these anecdotes? Does it make us feel BIGGER,
because we can ridicule a "great" person?

Just remember:

The "critics" panned Tschaikovsky's Violin Concerto.....
Audienced booed "The Rite of Spring".....
People couldn't understand the opening to Mozart's "Dissonant" Quartet....
The most profound musicians of the time grappled with Beethovens Late String

and so on, and so on......

To me the anecdote says worlds about the attitude of a particular
player...and nothing about Schoenberg........

Stepping off my soapbox now........
Walter Grabner

Hey, anybody play on some good reeds lately???????

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