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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000014.txt from 2004/10

From: ormondtoby@-----.net (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: clarinet faculty vacancy
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 21:45:00 -0400

Rien=A0Stein wrote:

> What do you call a "major instrument"? In
> Scotland and Ireland it would be bagpipe, in
> France musette (i.e. accordion, more or less),
> in Russia the balalaika, etc. And is a clarinet
> more "major" than say, a harp, and why?

Rien, here's a thought (not a challenge):

Any adjective must be interpreted in context. You've focused your
attention mostly on national folk instruments, but consider that other
contexts are equally as reasonable. Thus you are thinking within the
boundaries of a particular context also.

For example, why didn't you include electronic vs. acoustic instruments
in your examples?

Obviously the cello is a "major" instrument while electric bass in a
rock band is not..... heh! unless you're talking to my daughter.

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