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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000522.txt from 2002/06

From: "Neptune's Vengeance" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Majoring in Clarinet Performance
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 18:45:28 -0400

>Piece of advice # 1 - before you decide to spend the next X years
>exclusively studying clarinet, take a field trip to Eastman, Julliard or
>wherever Howard Klug is teaching. Hear the students in that studio, and
>ask yourself the hard question if you will *ever* play that well. Then ask
>if you will ever play as well as they will once they have done their hard
>work to be included in the 150 that show up for the National audition.

I have been away for the past 8 days, which is why this is late, but Howard
Klug is at Indiana University (actually, everyone just referred to him as
'Klug', so I never knew his first name, but I can't imagine that there's
another Klug clarinet player), which is where I just came from. I was there
for the annual music camp in a band under the direction of Ray Cramer (very
awesome). The guy who lead our sectionals, Scott Schleuter, was one of
Klug's students. At the faculty recital he performed Louis Cahuzac
"Variations Sur Un Air Du Pays D'oc" (I think that's right), and just
absolutely blew everyone away. It was by far one of the most incredible solo
performances I've ever heard (live or recorded). I've never heard anything
played so fast. Anyway, when he was Klug's student, he had been told that he
was an embarrassment to the organization and that he'd never accomplish
anything on clarinet. Heh, don't think I could handle that kind of critism.
But, geez, I agree...his students can PLAY!

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