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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000962.txt from 2002/06

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New Thing
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 17:11:18 -0400

Everybody to their own taste said the old lady as she kissed the cow.

Contrast your interesting story with that of Bob Levin who was playing
the Beethoven first piano concerto, and with an orchestra that he had
never before soloed with. Suddenly the clarinet solo came in, Bob
looked up surprised and mouthed to the clarinetists, "Is that a C
clarinet???" The player smiled and shook his head yes.

I suppose it all depends on who is listening.

Dna Leeson

"Forest E. Aten Jr." wrote:
> Bill,
> Considering the "color" differences....
> I bought my RC Buffet C clarinet about 5 years ago. I started using it in
> the Dallas Opera orchestra the year I made the purchase. It is a very fine
> clarinet.
> I played this clarinet in the orchestra for 4 years before our principle
> clarinet player figured out I was using the instrument. She never knew.
> The flute section never knew...the conductor never knew.
> In a sudden revelation a member of the woodwind section took note of my
> "smaller" clarinet and it became a big deal. A visual revelation....not
> aural. The difficult part was convincing everyone that I had been using this
> clarinet for the past 4 years completely un-noticed???
> The excitement was over before the week was out.
> Regards,
> Forest
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "William Wright" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 12:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] New Thing
> <><> Dan Leeson wrote:
> Joe is quite correct and one could spend considerable time writing about
> compositions in which color differences are exploited.
> There are two separate issues, and much of the 'argument' is caused by
> confusing the two of them. I hear both issues in the current
> discussion: (1) Does sound character (color) make a difference? (2)
> Do different instruments in the same family actually have different
> characters?
> When I think about (1), I ask myself: "Would I like this composition on
> an accordion or trombone or violin?"
> When I think about (2), I think about differences between two
> instruments of the same pitch, as well as about instruments of different
> pitches. Examples: Bb clarinet with large bore vs. small bore, or a
> modern 'nominal C" instrument vs. a period instrument.
> I wonder if you could find a period C instrument somewhere whose sound
> character (color) came closer to my modern Howarth S2 Bb than (say) an
> R-13 Bb does? Probably some performer somewhere has said: "Yes, this
> was written for <whatever #1>, but I can come closer with my <whatever
> #2> than the <whatever #1>'s that are available now.
> ????
> =========================
> What is the purpose of a language? To be beautiful or wise or
> pleasurable in itself? Or to describe many different things ---
> beautiful or not --- to other people? This is why the question of
> whether music is a 'language' is relevant.
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** Dan Leeson **
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