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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000555.txt from 2003/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 11:25:06 -0400

Vibrato and the Clarinet

I sometimes think another danger that is evident in the discussion of
vibrato is we tend to look at the differences in the schools of "Clarinet
Playing", and sometimes this rather feeble thinking tends to cloud the issue
by overstressing national schools of thought....with the advent of modern
recording we can hear a group in Oslo or Russia and find there is a much
smaller difference in the style of playing. Once again I know that among
Russian players the trend today is to hear less vibrato.

Players like Drucker and Wright by using vibrato are certainly more close to
their respective European counterparts than the Vienniese school or German
school of playing. However, Sabine Meyer I have heard use vibrato and
therfore maybe even the current teutonic school of thought is changing in
these matters... a player can be musical without vibrato....and interesting
as well.

What I do discern today which is disheartening is the proliferation of
uniteresting recordings popping up as new releases....for example I bought a
recent recording of a highly priced Bruckner symphony...that alone is a
challenge to any group to inject something new in...and was floored at how
bored I was..later a freind gave me a recording of a 2cd tier Dutch
orchestra(Netherland Radio Bruckner 7) and I was floored at how musical and
natural it was over this other big name record(Chicago Symphony). I will
say too that records are really done in a hurry and with far less time for
rehearsal. This transates into more of the older records being more
musical......when you can go and do extra rehearsal and extra takes you have
something! .

As to this ramble where does this lead in terms of vibrato..well seriously
we have a whole generation of players coming up who think any vibrato is
evil and become part of a vibrato bashing group. Agruements like orchestral
players not using vibrato are better are totally faulty. Where does this
lead? Well, for example if a conductor needs a good Rhapsody in blue solo
with even a remote jazz vibrato these players are going to be in a tough

As for Drucker he is really an incredible artist. His tonal integrity and
work ethic are something to be emulated. I also think Walter Boeykens
recorded output is incredibly consistent and beautifully played...both use a
different type of vibrato.As a player the key is finding your own
individual voice.

David Dow ----- Original Message -----
From: "Brash, Alexander" <>
Subject: RE: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet

> Indeed...I'm thinking of writing an article, "Conductors, Clarinets,
> Vibrato, and Vibrators" a comparative study.
> Alexander Michael Brash
> Education Dept, New York Philharmonic
> 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 5th Floor
> phone (212) 875 - 5735
> cell (646) 284 - 0439
> email
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerald R. Wolfe []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 2:20 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
> Amen!
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