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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000861.txt from 2000/09

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Daphnis et Chloe....................
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 05:09:25 -0400

I cannot see the point of using butt ends of reeds when the L.H.little
finger would seem to be a good deal more efficient, and less messy?

My extract, from Frederick Thurston and Alan Frank shows the metronome mark
as eighth`s @-----. I don`t have a score, and wonder if Ravel _did not_ (in
fact) give _any_ mark. Are we therefore only being _advised_ by the
conductors`/performers` recommendations? I wonder does anyone have a score -
pretty expensive I should think - to solve this question? I wonder if anyone
remembers him conducting his own works, (not for the purpose of identifying
_that_ tempo), I just wonder. He died in 1937, but was incapacitated from
1935. The ballet was written in 1912. He visited the U.S. 1927-8. Would
anyone that _could_ remember be Outlook Express conversant? Ah
well - - - - -
Tony W.

----- Original Message -----
From: Benjamin Maas <>
Subject: RE: [kl] Daphnis et Chloe....................

> > In Peter Hadcocks book, he suggest's propping open the Db-Gb key with
> > butt end of a old reed between rehearsal #'s 155 & 156.
> > Takes some getting used to at first and you have to remember to
> > pull it out
> > and drop it on the floor before starting 156.
> > He also show's it as eighth's @-----.He was not as kind as you !
> While studying with Peter Hadcock, he mentioned this trick to us.
> I would not suggest dropping it on the floor... The extra noise in an
> audition will be heard and you don't need it to affect you. Place it on
> your lap.
> The other problem is that unless you really jam it up in to the key, it
> easily fall out. What I did to solve this problem is to take an old reed,
> cut off the thin end so it is about an inch long. I then took my reed
> and flattened out the back part on the top. Your reed now is not smooth
> from the cane and you have two parallel surfaces. It will be much harder
> fall out...
> --Ben

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