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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000688.txt from 2004/08

From: "Bryan Crumpler" <crumpletox@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] RE: (DerHirt auf dem Felsen) /Shephard on the Rock
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 17:04:19 -0400

From: "dnleeson" <dnleeson@-----.net>
Subject: RE: [kl] (DerHirt auf dem Felsen) /Shephard on the Rock

[snip]
I think that the clarinetist should be sitting and not in a particularly
prominent
position either.
[end snip]

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Sitting????? That's an... "interesting" take. I've never thought of it as a
solo with clarinet & piano accompaniment, but rather a trio operating as one
voice. I would thus opt *against* sitting. People come to concerts not only
to hear... but to *see* and I've always performed this peice standing,
almost as if I were courting the vocalist - a ghost or echo as indicated in
the text representing the loved one that s/he longs for. Although I know
many people are a little more conservative in how they perform, I am rather
animated and - when appropriate - actually gesture to the audience while I'm
performing to convey particular moods in the piece. For example, I may even
shed a tear when going through a mournful passage - not that there are any
in the Schuber. But anyway... I really think sitting down totally kills the
fact that the stage deportment offered by the clarinetist as he/she and the
vocalist AND the pianist complement *each other* is a vital part in
communicating the text. Because you have a clarinet in your face really
should not take away from the fact that you have to "perform" or "convey"
the part. That's one thing a lot of vocalists think is the downside of
playing an instrument... so many players tend to hide behind their
instrument and not use their key instrument (i.e. their body) in
communicating to the audience..... probably something everyone should take
into consideration the next time he/she steps out onto a stage to perform a
solo.

Bryan

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