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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000013.txt from 2001/04

From: "Jim Hobby" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RE: Jonathan Cohler and friends in "Clarinetissimo!"
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 12:31:29 -0400

Actually, your post reminded me of a joke I heard a week or so ago, I think,
on one of the NPR broadcasts. "In the sixties, we all took LSD to take the
brutal edge off reality. Now that we've reached 60, we take Prozac to put
the edge of reality back on our fantasy." (Close, but not an exact quote.

Since many of the responses concerned comments about professional jealousy
and Richard Stoltzman, I'd add that lusting (one of the Seven Deadly Sins?)
after some aspect of other musician's performance -- technique, tone,
facility, articulation; whatever -- is obviously quite common. In most
cases, it's not a problem, but just drives us to greater efforts. It only
becomes a problem when it becomes obsessive.

At the risk of restiring the pot, I'll say that >personally< I don't like to
listen to RS for one reason. I don't like vibrato on the clarinet in
"classical" performance. My personal taste, only. Obviously, he's a fine
player, and a very popular one, and certainly a personable one, from those
who have met him. He played a concert a year or so ago with the Nashville
SO. I couldn't get there for the concert, but a trombonist friend did,
taking a batch of both of our students. Everyone seemed to be quite
impressed by his performance.

Jim Hobby

>From: Richard Bush <>
>We all need to apologize. We get down in the dumps, the doldrums as it were
>we just don't have anything else to do but to reach such a new low. (BTW my
>prozac prescription ran out.) Maybe you could offer something that would
>me and the rest of us up. :-)

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