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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000588.txt from 2003/06

Subj: Re: [kl] "What you *can* say about vibrato"
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 19:36:00 -0400

What can you say about Vibrato?

>From David Dow

I tend to look at a number of elements in style of a piece before I choose
to use vibrato. With Brahms I can most definitely say I think clarinet
vibrato is very risky here...especially in his orchestral works where the
texture is pretty thick to begin with. A player who I regard quite highly
in terms of taste and his use of vibrato in every way is George Peterson of
the Concertgebouw...a truly inspired player who uses a light vibrato and has
an inspired tone to boot!

His Brahms playing truly is superb....But on top of this very musical and
well prepared in everything he easy matter for an orchestra
that busy.

I will say for my own personal taste I tend to not use vibrato...I know that
the answer may seem illogical but the reason is mainly I find it does not
suit most of the repetoire I play. This is generally orchestral music, and
therefore I try to match soundwise what my 2cd player does respectively.
There are some great solos in the repetoire like Rhapsody in blue which
without a bit of this it becomes like that awful muzaak one hears in the
malls all too often-pooh!

The inherent danger of vibrato is if it becomes an undulation in pitch, this
is very poor taste and quite ugly. I sometimes think that flute players
have trouble with this. More of an ah-ah-ah quality which is slow,
especially in the flute low register notes.

As to the rationale why I personally don't use vibrato except on occassion-
because I find without vibrato I have more control over the pitch....that
being said I also know some players who are the inverse. And these a
professionals as well and fine players may I add.

Throat vibrato, jaw vibrato and the old mystic diaphram vibrato are all
things real and valid. I can also say I am not sure about what any composer
thinks in terms of vibrato. but of course that why there is piano music!!!

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Subject: [kl] "What you *can* say about vibrato"

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