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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001075.txt from 2001/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Landler of Mozart
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 16:22:43 -0500

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001 05:57:45 -0800, said:

> I mention these points only because I find Tony's arguments
> fascinating for two reasons: (1) the arguments are invariably
> carefully thought out, and (2) the underpinnings of his arguments are
> very much like the detail one uses in establishing a mathematical
> proof, so analytical are they.

Thank you for your kind comments, Dan.

I want to say something else, though, because I know that some people
are very put off by analysis.

The thing is -- what constitutes the Viennese 'lilt' didn't *ever* get
transmitted by analysis of what happened to individual beats. It was a
'feel', something that players absorbed without being able to say what
they were absorbing.

But when you characterise it as a modification of the equality of beat
interval, then you need to be quite analytical in order to describe it.
So, the analytical quality is a function of the *description*, not of
the reality. If you dance the waltz, then you *play* the waltz

The idea is to take the analysis as a sort of clue as to what you might
be looking for in the experience, as you try it out; and also, perhaps,
when you're used to the experience, as a way to fine-tune it.

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... Beam me up, Scotty, but leave the others here.

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