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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000614.txt from 2001/02

From: rgarrett@-----.edu
Subj: Re: [kl] The "one-chord" clarinet solo on THE
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 20:41:13 -0500

At 05:01 PM 02/16/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>It's fine with me if 18th century audiences liked to applaud in the middle of
>movements; I guess it worked for them. It doesn't work for me, though -- I
>prefer to be able to hear the music clearly. I once heard Robert Levin give a
>talk where he said something to the effect that the Victorians started acting
>at concerts as if they were in church, and that that attitude is causing the
>death of concert-going. I had several reactions: 1)it worked for the
>Victorians -- they went to lots of concerts, and appreciated them. 2)it works
>for me -- going to concerts IS kind of like going to church for me. 3)it
>works for church-goers -- at church services I've been to, people have no
>problem being quiet so that they can hear what's going on.

My only thought with regard to a response to Doug's post is that people of
that time couldn't hear it in canned form.....no recordings, no
opportunities to hear works of that period without actually going and
listening. It is much like going to a new movie or play - and the
audience at a play - ESPECIALLY today - is very vocal and clear about what
they like and don't like.

I love a good movie when the audience is so into it that their reactions
are part of the entire event. It then is no longer just a movie - it is a
fun, spontaneous event!!

Sincerely,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, IWU Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

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