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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000125.txt from 2003/10

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Lying awake early in the morning
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 13:29:50 -0400

I don't want to stretch the speech vs mood metaphor so far as to distort =

its meaning, but I suppose one can argue that pictorial representations=20
obtained from hearing romantic music might well be more difficult to=20
assimilate than the speech of Classical music. In my own case, I found=20
that my playing of Brahms did not even begin to approach acceptable=20
until I was well beyond 30, and possibly even 40. Oh, I played all the=20
notes, and thought that my interpretation was mature, but it was=20
childish, something that I did not figure out until later.


I am well beyond forty. Is there still hope? I love Brahms' Serenades =
and much of the orchestral stuff, but I have difficulty understanding =
what is wanted from me as a clarinetist (soloist). And I love =
"listening" to anything he wrote. I just have a hard time understanding =
what to do with his music, unless I listen to a recording. I can =
emulate just about anything, once I have heard it, but to figure it out =
on my own is like opening a can of worms....God only knows what might =


Nancy E. Buckman, CPO, AFO, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD 21012-1895 USA
Phone 410-777-2316 Fax 410-777-2233

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