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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000560.txt from 2004/08

From: "Larisa Duffy and David Dow" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The making of K. 581
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 13:01:24 -0400

----- I am defitely in accord with your thoughts on this really
begins to wonder just what Breitkopf was up to..

they were of course simply trying to make a buck and much of the edition
which comes from this source for the K622 is really troublesome. .

I think Mozart would really have a good laugh at us and maybe be slightly
amused that we are so laborously trying to piece together a puzzle like

Certainly on the point of leaving things out makes far greater sense..why
spend a few pence extra to print or even put in some ornamentation.
Printers can be pretty brutal..more so when the composer is dead and buried.

As to performances this really does influence especially early recording of
the clarinet concerto what we hear.

Marcellus really opts for a legato version in many ways because the
Breitkopf he was using is so performance unsupportive.

I will not hesitate in adding that much of the slurring and ornamentation
will never be known...however, I was recently very impressed with David
Shifrin who seemed to tow a good balance between ornamentation and also

David Dow
Symphony NB

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