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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000730.txt from 2001/07

From: "Tony Pay" <tony_pay@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Clarinettist Composer
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 09:34:04 -0400

>From: "Rien Stein" <rstein@-----.nl>

>It must have been at least ten years later, when I heard Weber's
>concertino on radio DDR, that I decided to learn the clarinet,because >of
>the few slow bars (piú lento) around bar 130, that Tony Pay denies >to
>exist, I had a discussion abnout it with him on this list).

It was just that I didn't understand you.

The conversation went:

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>But I was very eager to hear the piu lento that you apparently think
>shouldn't be there, and -- it did not come.

You mean, I didn't play it as lento as you wanted. But, I suggest, I
did play it piu' lento.

>But from your comment I understand you recognize the passage I mean,
>but have it without the solo clarinette voice,

I don't understand this.

>and also without the piu lento indication.

...though I understand this.

What do you mean, I have it without the solo clarinette voice?

[snip introducing your Dutch clarinettist]

>So I said to him, that having heard his interpretation of it, I was
>afraid I could not come up to his standards in particularly the piu
>lento.

But this passage isn't particularly difficult, at any tempo. If you had
wanted to play it slower, why wouldn't you have done?

>After this "audition" it has been only twice I heard the Saint-Saens
>sonata, once played by an amateur in radio, the other time I don't
>remember any more who was the clarinettist, but I have heard the
>concertino a couple of times, and nearly always missed this piu >lento.

You mean still, you wanted it slower?

>Sometimes there was a lot of music after the con fuoco and before >the 6/8
>meter, and now I realize that must have been the orchestral >part, that has
>no solo clarinet where I expect the clarinet to show >the beauty of
>clarinet playing in all its glory.

I still don't understand. I've never heard anything that isn't what is
printed in the score at that point. Sometimes it's slower, sometimes
faster, but the music is still the same.

>Maybe after these remarks you will look less hateful at what I said.

Well, I didn't look at it hatefully. I was surprised at what you said, it's
true.

>Another excuse may be, that I was driving during the time I listened
>to your interpretation of the work: I didn't notice there was a slow
>intermezzo (when looking at the piano reduction without the soloist
>part I can imagine the piu lento should be interpreted as rather
>fast).

I don't understand this bit either.

Anyway, best wishes,

Tony

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You didn't reply, so I assumed it had been cleared up.

Apparently not.

Apologies for the email address.

Tony

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