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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000352.txt from 2001/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: [Re: [kl] On the matter of editing and other
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:29:54 -0400

At 09:55 AM 4/16/2001 -0400, eric james wrote:Without identifying exactly
the music I am working on, I will say that it is a
>contemporary (i.e., late 18th century) arrangement of some pretty well-known
>music. I wonder if its being an arrangement changes some of your opinions on
>editing. For instance, does one go with the arranger or original composer
>whenever something in the score is unclear. There are many, many
>discrepancies within the arrangement itself as to dynamic and articulation
>markings. There are obvious wrong notes. There are short-cuts which we don't
>use nowadays such as indicating articulation only at the beginning of
>passages. There is the idiomatic use of the term "dolce" which is often
>misunderstood these days. There are apoggiaturas galore in all sorts of
>incarnations: quarter, eighth, sixteenth note, with or without slur marks in
>some parts and not others. I could go on. As an editor, do I list every last
>change to the original arrangement in some sort of Revisionsbericht at the
>back of the score? Or should I make general comments as to what and how
>changes were made in an introduction? My gut feeling about Revisionsberichte
>is that they offer comforting proof of the editor's diligence, but that people
>rarely read them. My decision then, is to go with a generalized outline of
>what I have done in the introduction. In cases where there is no consensus
>among all nine parts I have occasionally adopted markings from the original.
>Until I began dealing with a publisher, I had every intention of publishing
>the horn and clarinet parts in their original keys and it is still my wish to
>do so if I can convince the publisher. I had gathered, incorrectly I guess,
>that clarinettists of today preferred a Bb part, but I'm happy to hold out for
>the original mix of Bb/C.

Going back to the original where possible is generally the best
course. Unfortunately, those clarinet parts in C will make the music
inaccessible to the 98% of us clarinetists who do NOT own C clarinets.

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

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