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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000629.txt from 2001/04

From: Bilwright@-----.net (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Conductor's and Musician's Ego
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:11:28 -0400

<><> Daniel=A0Leeson wrote:
As a result of this unfortunate perception, conductors like Revelli were
a great deal more vulnerable than is imagined.

I wonder if "were" is the correct tense?

Isn't this still a common attitude? and when a band leader 'crosses
over', then he/she has suddenly 'graduated' and 'matured' into a higher
caliber of musician? I agree with you that this is a ridiculous
attitude, but isn't it still generally the prevalent attitude?

By the way, and speaking of bands, I've wondered something about
Sousa for 50 years. Don't ask me why this question has stuck in my
mind for half a century. It just has.
I once saw a movie about Sousa (Tony Curtis?). During a
sentimental moment (birth of child? wedding announcement?), Souza wrote
a lullaby (waltz?) and he declared with indignation, "Now _this_ is one
piece of my music that they can't turn into a march!"; and of course,
they did so immediately in the film.
Can anyone say with assurance that this is either invention or
based on history?

Cheers,
Bill

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