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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000747.txt from 2004/08

From: "Bryan Crumpler" <>
Subj: [kl] RE: klarinet Digest 26 Aug 2004 08:15:02 -0000 Issue 5479
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 04:29:37 -0400

From: Tony Pay <>

--- Bryan Crumpler <> wrote:

>>...I was even scrutinized once in a competition requiring the Debussy for
>> >
>>having played a Cb both in that measure AND 2 after 7 - among other
>>things that vary by edition.
>What does being 'scrutinised' entail? It sounds most unpleasant to
>even amongst the many other undoubtedly unpleasant things that may occur to
>in a competition -- like 'not winning', for example.

The "unpleasantness" is most likely gauged by one's ability to handle
criticism or ability to get on with his/her life after hearing it, I would
say. I don't consider what happened to be unpleasant as I am rather open to
criticism, but I'll willing to bet most people don't find it constructive to
render nit-pick comments for incidental
errors/differences/mistakes/whatever-they-may-be to the effect of "measure
14, beat 4, wrong note" or "2nd page, bar 3, different articulation". If
there are larger issues at play, like playing in the wrong style, lacking
musicality, lacking connection with the audience, balance and projection...
okay... fine - then the performer really has some work to do. But those
other sorts of comments do nothing more than fill up blank space on a page.
Makes you wonder if the judge(s) is/are really absorbing the "performance."
And for something like this questionable Cb in the Debussy, it didn't
exactly detract terribly from the performance, so I don't know why that was
so pertinent for particular judge to make a big hooplah out of it in the
comment sheet when the competition transpired. Anyway... moving right along.


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