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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000087.txt from 2001/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RE: vibrato
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 05:30:34 -0400

At 07:23 PM 4/4/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>At 01:39 PM 04/04/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>> a person not making his living in the world of painting, how
>>one sees Turner vs.
>>Picasso is a very personal thing that doesn't require an explanation. As
>>a professional musician, one does not have that luxury in being casual
>>about what we do when executing our craft.
>But the analogy seemed very correct - that one painter who uses specific
>techniques to express vs. one who uses completely different techniques to
>express and may not like the other's (that's made up by me by the way)
>techniques, is very similar to a person who likes or dislikes vibrato on
>the clarinet for the same, educated, personal reasons - personal preference.

Personal preference may be the most important factor when you are LISTENING
to music, but in PLAYING it one must be sensitive to the style and period
of the piece. Just as a painter's technique of using heavy amounts of
pigment applied with a knife would be completely inappropriate for
reproducing the Mona Lisa, heavy jazz or Klezmer vibrato would be out of
place in Mozart, and straight tone would sound peculiar in a jazz
work. Still, I don't see why judiciously applied terminal vibrato on
longer notes in slow, singing lines would not be appropriate to bring out
the beauty in nearly ANY classical piece.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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