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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000224.txt from 2004/10

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Differing skill levels
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 14:02:14 -0400

On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 17:01:39 EDT, wrote:

>why not just play for the love of music...that is what I would do...and I
>think every part is important and sometimes 3rd is the most important...I would
>just love to play...and if it got to hard id ask for help...people need to just
>have fun...

That's a lovely idealist vision, but it isn't the real world.

There are few things more frustrating that sitting with your clarinet on
its stand while another section works painfully through a part they
should have been able to play weeks ago, or to play a beautiful low
harmony 3rd part underneath an agonizing and screetchy 1st section
playing a piece just beyond their abilities.

I take pride in a quality performance. It is an unequalled rush. When
we don't perform up to the level of our abilities, I am embarrassed and
discouraged. Call it unmitigated arrogance if you will, but I know that
the band plays more confidently and more capably if I am offering a
strong lead as solo clarinet. We have other quite capable players, but
none of them seems to have the desire to take that "lead". Because of
that, I am reluctant to give that up and take a different part. I know
it would be good for me, and probably good for the group, but when push
comes to shove and a performance is looming, I can't make myself do it.

Hmmm, I'm sure I had a point when I started, but I lost it somewhere.

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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