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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000118.txt from 2001/04

From: Nicholas Cox <>
Subj: [kl] What you can say about vibrato
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 09:41:02 -0400

Dear Roger,

>However, it does not support the use of vibrato for clarinet in the 18th o=
r 19th=20
>centuries as a common (or uncommon) performance practice for that time=20
>period. In fact, the lack of any writing from that time period referencin=
>vibrato on the clarinet is more supportive of the lack of it as a=20
>performance practice than anything else we have (or have not) seen.
I believe this is a generalisation covering too wide a period of music hist=
In fact there is evidence through one of M=FChlfeld's relatives (who heard =
great man play) that M@-----.=20
The interviewer of the time(probably American) disbelieving this assertion=
even attempted to correct the notion by asking 'don't you mean rubato?'
"No, he played with vibrato" came back the reply.

Trouble is I don't remember the source for this. Could have been a piece of=
research carried out by Andrew Lyle for a BBC programme about Keith=20
Puddy playing M=FChlfeld's Baermann - Ottensteiner clarinets with Brahms
own piano - about ten years ago I believe. Further research necessary -=20
anyone hear the original broadcast? We might be able to take late 19th
Century German music out of the vibrato debate.
May be Tony Pay will.
Best wishes

Home: 33, Sandy Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9HP, UK. Tel 01925-756281--=20

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