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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000264.txt from 2001/04

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: [Re: [kl] Re: [Re: [kl] C clarinet]]
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 17:04:21 -0400

On Fri, 13 Apr 2001 08:10:30 -0700 (PDT), said:

> [Someone else said:]

> > Please Eric, if you are really barbarizing the parts as you seem to
> > be planning, the least you can do is make a note exactly which
> > changes have been made.
> Although I haven't attained the skills yet whereby I can approach
> substantial pieces of music, and therefore perhaps I don't 'deserve'
> to make this comment, my opinion is that it's *not* a barbarism to
> transpose a piece of music to another instrument. A statement that
> the music was originally written for <other instruments, with
> occasional editing as necessary to match the new instruments' ranges>
> seems appropriate, but "barbarism" is a strong word that seems
> inappropriate to me.
> I accept that transposing may change the music a bit, but so would
> playing it poorly or playing your own variation of it or otherwise
> playing it to suit your own needs and pleasures.

We have to distinguish between what we do ourselves, which doesn't
destroy information for other people, and what we may do to the sources
we give them to use, which does.

This is why it is 'barbarian' for editors like Alamiro Giampieri to
mangle Mozart, and other composers.

*Playing* music is a different matter.

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