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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000667.txt from 2001/04

From: David Glenn <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Revelli, Perlman, and other geniuses
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 18:45:04 -0400

Dave Spiegelthal wrote:

> The discussion of the personality traits and quirks of famous musicians such as
> Itzhak Perlman and William Revelli causes me to ask a philosophical question:
> To what extent does extraordinary talent permit a person to be (pardon the word)
> a jerk? Some people seem to believe that exceptionally-gifted people (in
> whatever field) are allowed to be lacking in human sensitivity or social graces,
> yet others feel that such people should be held to the same standards of
> civility as anyone else. I'd be most interested in hearing the opinions of our
> learned clarinetists on this matter of international importance......
> David Spiegelthal
> Calverton, VA


There's a Dutch saying (hope I don't butcher the spelling too badly): "Hoe groter de
geest, hoe groter de beest" (The more talent you have, the more beastiality). Makes
ya think, huh?


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