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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000283.txt from 2001/04

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] On the matter of editing and other things
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 12:36:26 -0400

--- Daniel Leeson <> wrote:

> More and more we see performing musicians making the presumption that
> their experience gives them the authority to do almost anything they
> wish. At the smallest level, that is the same brand of ego that says,
> "I don't care if it says C clarinet. I'm a performer, not a truck
> horse. I shall play it on whatever clarinet I chose." And with that
> decision, made 1000 times a day worldwide by respected players, the
> orchestral palette of sound undergoes a fundamental alteration. It is
> nothing more or less than the production of music driven by economic and
> physical considerations instead of musical ones.

Economic and physical considerations for producing music, instead of musical
ones. Composers past and present...were they and are they themselves driven
to produce music for music's sake alone? Did they and do they live in a vac-
uum, free (and inclined) to produce music purely for the art and pleasure and
personal fulfillment of the act and its outcome? Or were/are they, too, pos-
sibly also motivated by extra-musical considerations? Maybe even economic
and physical ones? And with the answers to these questions in mind, taking
a broader view, how truly eggregious are the economic and physically driven
compromises that composers' partners, the instrumentalists themselves, found/
find themselves making, while simultaneously attempting to serve the musical
considerations as well? Do we live in a world of clarity and absolutes?

~ Neil

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