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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001020.txt from 2001/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Landler of Mozart
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 16:38:25 -0500

On Mon, 26 Feb 2001 12:40:25 -0800, said:

> Performance practice second: whenever I hear that trio played as if it
> were a landler, it seems to me that the characteristic I hear most
> often is that the player stretches the measures out with slow pickups
> leading to fast parts. Specifically beat 3 is played slowly and beats
> 1 and 2 of the following measure played more raplidly.
> As a dance form, I am particularly concerned by a movement played with
> changes of tempo occurring so frequently within the movement. It
> seems to me that it would drive the dancers crazy.
> If, as has been suggested, the Landler turned into the waltz, how many
> waltzing couples do you see changing the tempo from measure to
> measure?

I'm not quite sure whether the second paragraph you write above fits in,
but I certainly think that what you describe in your first paragraph is
very much what happens in a waltz. The energy is in the step, and the
suspension at the end of the bar.

And also, I think that works very well in classical music: namely,
energy at the beginning of a bar/phrase, relaxation towards the end.

I was very interested to hear Kell's performances of Mozart, which I
hadn't heard for many years. (I remember that we both played along with
them when young:-) He often does the opposite: namely, pausing on the
fist beat, and then accelerating towards the end of the bar.

I now find this disturbing, because it's physically counterintuitive.
And, also, contra what you do when dancing.

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