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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000101.txt from 2004/10

Subj: Re: [kl] Movie about fictional clarinet player
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 13:25:49 -0400

another thing, that bothers me is I see a lot of the time a saxophone with an
upside down mouthpiece...and they are playing it...and in pictures of
Saxophones I see it also...I guess unless you play you don't know something is messed
up...I played the trumpet for a little bit but I never realized about the 3rd
valve until now...I will be looking for it now :)


In a message dated 10/5/2004 7:07:06 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
And even worse, how often do we see a <voice> saxophone and hear a
<different voice> saxophone. Or, admittedly less common, see a clarinet and
hear a <voice> saxophone.

I can live with fingering problems. But nothing drives me crazier than
seeing one instrument on the screen and hearing another. Just last night I
was watching a TV show where they had a "live" band on the screen and a
synthesized band on the audio track. Ergh. I really have to stop watching TV.

"Mo' Better Blues" is a good example of convincing actor portrayals of
performing musicians. It would be perfect if only they had added a clarinet

I recently stumbled on to a movie called "Orchestra Wives" (from, I think,
the early 40s). Absolutely dreadful movie, but centered around the Glenn
Miller Orchestra. If you can suffer the plot, you'll be greatly rewarded by
the music. A movie using real musicians and full length performances...
novel idea.


At 06:45 AM 10/5/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>You are right about the actor needing to look convincing when
>playing the clarinet. One of the most awful things about "The
>Benny Goodman Story" (besides the stupidity of the movie itself)
>was the clarinet playing of the actor emulating Goodman, whose
>name escapes me. He had no idea what to do. The only thing he
>did correctly was to have the left hand on top and the right hand
>below it. Same thing is true with trumpet players. The actor
>will often press the third valve under the impression that this
>is a fingering for something.

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