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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000886.txt from 2001/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Carnival of the Cukoos
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 11:02:06 -0500

On Thu, 22 Feb 2001 17:22:54 -0800, said:

> Have I left any out?

This isn't a 'proper' one, but because the stage-prop cuckoo-clock
for Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress' had gone wrong, I once had to
play the twelve cuckoos of 'midnight' in the pit, at short notice.

I quickly worked out what I thought was a good fingering, written sharp
Ab to flat F (xxo/xxo to xxx/xox), which also had the right sort of
sound. But then when it came to it, I totally ruined the effect by
playing the last 'cuckoo' a bit slower and softer. I realised even as I
did it that this was quite wrong -- but it was too late.

As someone said sarcastically afterwards, "How very *musical*!"

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