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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000570.txt from 2004/08

From: ormondtoby@-----.net (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: RE: [kl] Internal evidence
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 16:24:55 -0400

Dan Leeson wrote:

> Wrong direction. One view was that the fact of
> improvisation was so ingrained in the Italian
> culture that there was no need to document it.

Sorry, I didn't mean to focus on one particular language or culture.

Composers wouldn't be composers if they just told us to write our own
music. (You open the score, for which you paid $27.95, and it says
"Improvise 297 measures in your favorite key, then close with the
tonic.")

However, what catches my attention is the notational semi-vacuum that
seems to exist concerning the location of expected improvisations ---
aside from the notation "cadenza" during the few measures of a cadence.

This doesn't prove anything, but it catches my attention. If a
composer expects it, why hasn't a notation arisen over the centuries to
notate the location more explicitly?

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