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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000067.txt from 2002/02

From: "Gene Nibbelin" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Brahms 4
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 00:00:34 -0500

Maestro -

I am not a violinist, but I tend to think in terms of bowing when playing
such markings. I would think of a series of gentle up-bows when playing
markings such as these. Do you think that this would result in a proper

I certainly am not a conductor - only an old fairly good amateur
clarinetist. And I certainly don't know what Brahms had in mind. Just
looking for some education.

Gene Nibbelin

-----Original Message-----
From: John P. Varineau []
Subject: Re: [kl] Brahms 4

If you interpret that marking as a string player would it would mean
separated notes but played on one continuous bow motion -- either up or
down. Now, transfer the concept of bowing to clarinet playing and you'll
get what I think Brahms desired.

John Varineau
Associate Conductor, Grand Rapids Symphony

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