Klarinet Archive - Posting 000579.txt from 2000/09
Subj: RE: [kl] being expressive in Italian
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 19:14:30 -0400
Please tell me if I am reading this correctly.....because it is very
strange. Tony Pay wrote the first question.....and then answered himself?
Is Tony having a conversation with himself or did I misread and it is
actually Bill who is writing and Tony didn't make it clear? I'm just
having so much trouble reading it.....
At 10:59 PM 9/19/2000 +0100, you wrote:
>> <><> Tony=A0Pay wrote:
>> As an aside, I myself have the habit of reading the word 'espressivo' as
>> though it has a question mark attached. I also recommend this way of
>> reading the instruction to my students. It then means, roughly: what is
>> this bit expressive *of*? In the personal register? And you find your
>> answer by a process of experimentation.
>> This returns us to the question of music vs. language. Are the two
>> sufficiently connected that a composer can (or should) say more than:
>> "Think about this, it's a special passage"?
>Well, he can. Sometimes he or she does.
>> Does verbal language -- more than just 'allegro' or 'con brio' --
>> belong in music (without lyrics)? Should I restrict my language to
>> the title? Perhaps it's proper to title my song "Bill's Lament, an
>> Angry March in G minor", but it's not proper to put above the key
>> signature "Largo march, filled with lament and anger"?
>No, people do both.
>> I have not forgotten a sentence from one of your (Tony Pay's) posts:
>> "I don't think in words when I'm playing."
Ok....now I think I see that the sentence immediately above it
Bill's......but why is it formatted above to read like Tony's??
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Symphonic Winds
Head, Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
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Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)
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