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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000351.txt from 2004/10

From: "D. Blumberg" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Custom made barrels and a rant
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 09:59:32 -0400

Possibly "dark" is also meaning stuffy, or unfocused sounding - both
are bad to me, but Dark itself with still having projection to the
sound is a good thing. Unfocused is of course bad. And Barrels can
make a significant difference of the clarinet's timbre - as well as

David Blumberg - audition practice aid

"Karl Krelove" <>
Subject: RE: [kl] Custom made barrels and a rant
Message-ID: <>


With no wish to get into the "dark/bright" argument that crops up
periodically (stay calm, Dan), I wonder, because I don't know how old
are or whom you studied with, what generation you're referring to. I
want to see a reprise of the whole argument, but your comment made me
(without wanting to criticize your having used the term) which players
exemplified "dark" in the way you meant it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clark W Fobes []
> The ability to hear your pitch in the ensemble (and to project)
are a
> function of a nicely balanced timbre. The pursuit of the "dark tone"
> was a hallmark of my generation (and that I hope I am having some
> influence
> on changing!) is misguided.

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