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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000125.txt from 2001/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Evidence to support a performance practice
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 23:55:06 -0400

At 07:34 AM 4/6/01 -0800, you wrote:
>The absence of documentation about a performance practice from an era
>cannot be take to mean that the practice was, therefore, not in
>effect. In fact, exactly the opposite point of view can not only be put
>forward and was very much the case in several significant performance practice
>cases.....{SNIP}....I would suspect that there are practices in common use
>today that will
>wind up in 100 years with no supporting documentation. Certainly, you can
>find nothing but word of mouth about how Hungarian orchestras play
>marches, but go to Budapest and ask anyone there, and they will give you a
>2 hours discussion on the matter. Is there anything documented about
>how to play a Strauss waltz in the Viennese fashion. We all know how to
>do it, of course, and we all do it. But where is documentation that
>discusses how to artificially develop the Viennese lilt?

To quote one of my favorite people on this listserv,
"Keep your mind open. Don't believe anyone but yourself. Don't be
swayed by emotion. Look for the facts, if indeed any exist."

I hope all who bother to read anything I write (which even I don't read
when it arrives) know that:
a) I like and use vibrato
b) I like and enjoy Dan's posts
c) I take to heart what Dan says
d) My position on if vibrato was used during Mozart's time (on the
clarinet) is
based only on the existing evidence..........but my position could
be easily
changed if evidence appears that shows absolutely that vibrato was
on the clarinet during that time!!!!

Now - I will clean this absolutely trashed office so that people can come
in and look around and say, who did you hire to clean this room to make
such a nice office??? Anyone want my 12 month old rejected reeds that keep
finding their way back to the trial table??????????

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3268

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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