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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000389.txt from 2001/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Questions for former Marcellus Students
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 08:55:33 -0400

At 04:32 AM 4/17/2001 -0500, you Gregory Smith wrote:
D. Leeson said:>I do not want to get into a dispute about the
recording. My objective
> >was simply to state that the Marcellus recording does not hold the
> >universally positive opinion from all clarinetists that I thought you
> >were suggesting.
>No? What makes D. Leeson now a scholar in this catagory? His communication
>with many the top wind performers of the day? I would suggest that this
>kind of statement is opinion only and not based on fact - a rather
>unscholarly approach from a scholar of his stature. (No group by the way
>can hold a "universally positive opinion" on anything, so unfortunately I
>personally find this a statement of no useful value.)

All Dan said was that not EVERY clarinetist holds the opinion that the
Marcellus recording is the be-all and end-all. In that opinion, I can
state categorically that he is correct. I, too, find that it lacks the
SPARK that would take it from "excellent" to "wonderful."

Dan wrote:
> >And while no other person has voiced a view on that performance on this
> >list as part of this discussion, from the last time round on this, I
> >believe that others may still hold similar opinions.
>Do you mean on this list? Or are you referring to the active performing
>wind professionals in the trenches (nationally & worldwide) that I
>personally have found hold an opinion in most cases diametrically opposed
>to what you say for the last 25 years?

I'm sure he was referring to the list. I recall the discussion.

For a statement that is so correct as it stands, so calmly stated, and
including remarks in a later post that indicate his highest respect for
Marcellus' OTHER recordings, Dan's comment has certainly created a
firestorm. For all of his fine qualities, Marcellus was not a GOD. Get
over it. And maybe lighten up just a touch?

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

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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