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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000065.txt from 2001/02

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Mendelssohn Op. 113
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 13:33:30 -0500

<><> Dan Leeson wrote:
Bill, are you sure that it was a pair of A clarinets?? I know that there
are several printings of Op. 113 in which one can play the piece on any
of several different pairs of instruments including clarinet and
bassoon, or clarinet and cello, or even clarinet and bass clarinet, but
in EVERY case, the clarinet is in B-flat.
How did you conclude that the performance you heard was for A clarinet?

I happen to know them, and so I called them this morning and asked.
You are correct that both instruments were Bb, but......

.....they purposefully switched mouthpieces and reeds when they
played the Mendelssohn in order to get 'darker' [sorry, Dan, that was
their word, she described them as closer mouthpieces and harder reeds].
Their goal was to get as close to the sound of A's as they could. That
was their conscious goal for the recital, and they succeeded in my case.
It pleased them a bit to learn that someone in the audience noticed, and
therefore you did them a favor by asking.


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