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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000769.txt from 2001/05

From: Gavin Rebetzke <GRebetzke@-----.au>
Subj: RE: [kl] Mahler 1
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 22:35:44 -0400

Do you mean the fantastic bit that opens the movement and is doubled by the
piccolo a couple of octaves above? Surely 7,532 notes in 10 seconds is just
a little bit of an exaggeration! (It's only 6,348...) Please give Dmitri my
sincere regards and thanks for writing something exciting for bass clarinet.
I was lucky enough to get this part to play about 8 years ago when I was
bass clarinet in our Youth Orchestra during an annual string concerto
competition when some imaginative young whizz kid chose to play the
Schostokovich violin concerto. Please also thank him for the second
movement of his ninth symphony which is the most hauntingly beautiful part I
have ever had the privilege to play. (I hope you are all green with envy
that an amateur would get to play such a great part!) So, don't pick on
Dmitri, his use of clarinets in his works is beyond reproach. He has my
fullest approbation. Playing Schostakovich is fun! But I guess, putting
your bells in the air for Mr Mahler is a fun thing too.---Gavin

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Leeson [mailto:leeson0@-----.net]
Subject: Re: [kl] Mahler 1

You have your metaphors cross. My conversation with Mahler was in
English which I insisted he speak in order understand why he got fired
from the NY Philharmonic. Now I know. His accent was so strange that
they couldn't understand him.

Now anyone who wants to have a conversation with Shostakovich, be my
guest, but I don't talk to anyone who would write the b.c. part that he
wrote for the 2nd movement of the violin concerto. At last count, it
was 7,532 notes in 10 seconds and growing.

DNL

Lacy Schroeder wrote:
>
> Just curious, Dan, did you have your discussion in German or English? :) I
> don't think Shostakovich spoke English, tak eto ochen' horosho shto ya
umeio
> kak govorit' po-russky (darn, it's hard to write Russian without Cyrillic
> fonts!!). Just a silly thought! :^P
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Lacy Schroeder [mailto:LacyS@-----.org]
> > Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2001 10:50 AM
> > To: 'klarinet@-----.org'
> > Subject: RE: [kl] Mahler 1
> >
> >
> > ROTFLMAO!!!! I'd like to have a similar discussion with
> > Shostakovich for
> > writing some really awful technical passages...plus that one
> > in the 1st
> > Cello Concerto. All that tongueing in the 1st movement was
> > awful. Makes you
> > wonder if any of them has even *touched* a clarinet before.
> >
> > Lacy S.
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Daniel Leeson [mailto:leeson0@-----.net]
> > > Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 8:04 PM
> > > To: klarinet@-----.org
> > > Subject: Re: [kl] Mahler 1
> > >
> > >
> > > Well the fact is that I went to a medium and had a personal
> > discussion
> > > with Mahler. The problem was that he was so full of guilt
> > > that he could
> > > not really come to any conclusion on anything. He simply kept
> > > apolgizing for all the anguish through which he had put me.
> > >
> > > I told him that he had not allowed enough time to switch to
> > the E-flat
> > > clarinet part from the b.c. and he asked if thought that
> > > perhaps a tenor
> > > sax might have been more suitable. I told him to go screw himself.
> > >
> > > It was an interesting conversation.
> > >
> >
> >
>
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