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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000353.txt from 2002/02

From: (David Glenn)
Subj: Re: [kl] Mozart + high notes
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 15:26:51 -0500

Tony Pay wrote:

> On Mon, 18 Feb 2002 15:10:27 +0100, said:
> > It has bothered me for as long as I can remember that in the third
> > mvt, bars 85 - 92, and especially 88, 89 and even more so bars 91 and
> > 92 it screeches up to high G before reaching the high point at the end
> > of the phrase so throwing the whole section out of whack. We have no
> > help from the Winterthur manuscript as that has only the beginning of
> > the first movement. The Allgemeine Musikalischen Zeitung (AmZ) of 1802
> > mentions other passages but not this one and the contemporary
> > arrangement by Schwenke takes a similar line also going up to high G.
> I think that it need not screech, if you're a bit careful. However, the
> passage has bothered me too, for another reason: if you play it up there
> you can't get the orchestral echo-overlap of the rising thirds B-D and
> E-G to sound clearly enough. The ear is too 'taken' by the clarinet to
> notice what the orchestra does. And as you know, I'm keen on the
> threes.
> It's a good suggestion, and I'll try it this afternoon, when I happen
> to have a rehearsal of the piece with AAM.
> > I can't know for sure but I feel that this works better than our
> > "original" 1802 version.
> Don't you throw away your feeling for 'workability'. It's all you've
> got. In fact, it's the only reason you're playing Mozart's concerto in
> the first place.
> Tony
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Thanks for your post. I'll be curious to know how the Mozart went.

I think "screetch" was the wrong word. I meant just out of proportion, out of
balance or somehow inappropriate. Although I have heard screetching there,
that depends on the player as you say.

The "feeling for workability" is what got people started looking at the 1802
text critically in the first place. I also surely hope we never loose it!




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