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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000379.txt from 2004/08

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Subj: Re: [kl] Copland concerto and "swinging"
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 06:48:31 -0400

Tony Pays replies:

> He conducts the orchestra on the Goodman recording.

in response to

> On 13 Aug, <> wrote:
> > I believe it may have been pretty naff (irresponsible) of all American
> > clarinettists` not to have asked Mr Copland himself what *he* had in
> > mind for performance.

Well, enough said? Well maybe not. Composers` are notorious for almost
wrecking their own interpretations. Was it therefore pretty naff of Mr
Copland for not specifically stipulating what he wanted - even with
subsequent recordings made after Goodman`s? Maybe he did,
and Goodman`s performance pleased My Copland. Lots of music sounds OK
whether it`s swung or not, but I can foresee similar 'botch ups' happening
in future, almost similar to what we unfortunately do not know about K622.
There will always be uncertainties re composers` intentions - possibly in
everything which has been written, but to *specifically* NOT know whether
Copland`s concerto should be swung or not smacks of unintelligent research,
and self interest at best, and disgraceful sabotage at the other end.
Tony W.

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