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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000133.txt from 2003/10

From: "John Hansken" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Lying awake early in the morning
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 18:29:18 -0400

I have a similar problem that you were expressing but mine is the opposite,
I have a hard time making Mozarts clarinet concerto sound the way I want it
to, but when it comes to Brahms, I feel like I can make the emotions pour
out like a broken dam. I have worked hard on Brahms first and second
sonatas, and also his trio op.114; though I may not be as mature of a
clarinetist as some, I would like to offer this idea I've developed while
studing Brahms in college. For his solo works, with piano, I've found that
my musical expressions, and my phrasing had improved greatly when I stopped
thinking of the works as a solo piece, but instead as a duo with the
pianist. The two parts then are romantic in nature and have to react to
each other in such a manner.... Almost like making love.

Hope this is useful.
John Hansken
----- Original Message -----
From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subject: RE: [kl] Lying awake early in the morning

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
obtained from hearing romantic music might well be more difficult to
assimilate than the speech of Classical music. In my own case, I found
that my playing of Brahms did not even begin to approach acceptable
until I was well beyond 30, and possibly even 40. Oh, I played all the
notes, and thought that my interpretation was mature, but it was
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 openi
ng a can of worms....God only knows what might appear.


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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