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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000006.txt from 2001/07

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] sound of a windband
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 08:42:49 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rien Stein"

<Should a windband sound like a symphony orchestra?

I feel you have misunderstood my quest. With well written parts, the wind
band can indeed sound like a symphony orchestra. This is not to say that it
should. It is just a fact that on occasions it does. I have on plenty of
occasions had to listen quite acutely to radio broadcasts where unfamiliar
music is already on the turntable. It IS only the strings in 99%(?) of
occasions which eventually gives the game away. Similarly, with badly
written parts the S.O. may at times sound like a wind band. What does THAT
remark say about wind band writing. Some composers have actually "written
down" to secure this effect deliberately.

It <is> all our responsibility to take on board and voice greater
dissatisfaction to the writers and publishers when bad clarinet
orchestration manifests itself. Professors in colleges also have to bear
some responsibility. The old methods of giving everything to the clarinets
must start to take new and different directions. Clarinets are NOT strings -
they ARE clarinets. Orchestration must start to take account of what kind of
instrument the clarinet is. This will be to the greater benefit of wind
bands, in the long term.

Here endeth my long, well call it what you like; I can see that not all are
in agreement with me.



Tony W.

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