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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000709.txt from 2000/09

From: "Rien Stein" <rstein@-----.nl>
Subj: [kl] The audience acted like a pack of animals....
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 20:00:14 -0400

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It took me some time to decide to step into this thread, but maybe for =
those having animals the next message might be of at least some =
interest:

About twenty years ago I played in a wind quintett, the classical thing: =
flute, oboe, me, bassoon and no, not a French, but an English horn, as =
we couldn't find a "real" horn player. We used to rehearse once every =
six weeks (on the average) in someone's house. At that time we had a =
canary in a cage in our living. It apparently enjoyed our playing, =
particularly the oboe and the English horn, because it sometimes =
interfered with our playing, by perfectly imitating the oboe part or, =
but to a lesser extent, the English horn. In tune, in tempo, and not at =
the right moment! And, of course, between a minor third and two octaves =
higher.

Another funny experience I had with a canary was, when the band I am =
playing with in Zeist, gave a small concert in a home for old agers. We =
were playing a compilation of Morricone music. In this music, I think in =
a passage from "When the West was won", is a passage that repeats itself =
more or less several times, with, suddenly, a general pause in it. The =
canary of that home filled in the silence of the orchestra, by repeating =
also the previous melody!

And by the way, the cat I have will not wait till I start blowing my =
clarinet before this lady wants to leave the house, byt when she sees I =
take a saxophione, she doesn't know, how fast to quit the house.

Rien

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