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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000376.txt from 2002/02

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Musical Expression and Spontaneity
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 11:13:53 -0500

This is one of the more important reasons underlying improvisation. Its
very spontaneity and almost uncertain-to-be repeated characteristic
provides every performance with an element of freshness. It also allows
a very intimate dialogue between the players. They may not talk to each
other offstage, but improvisation can provide a mechanism for
communication like no other. It can also work against a performance. A
friend mentioned that he played the Mozart 491 with a very important
orchestra and improvised during the performance. Some of the players
reacted with very bad improvisations (deliberate??) that gave the
appearance of an attempt to sabotage the performance.


Neil Leupold wrote:
> --- Robert <> wrote:
> > Would that change your (all of you out there) approach? Are you likely to
> > sit down in a professional situation and "let's see what we come up with
> > this time" during a performance?
> That sort of thing actually happens a lot, although perhaps not inten-
> tionally. If you get a chance, pick up Arnold Steinhardt's biography
> of the Guarneri String Quartet, "Indivisible by Four", wherein he de-
> scribes many cases of a prepared performance taking on a life of its
> own based a germ of spontaneity from one or more of the players.
> ~ Neil
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