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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000390.txt from 2004/10

From: "Matthew Lloyd" <>
Subj: [kl] Mozart
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 07:14:45 -0400

I think - although I stand to be corrected - that the original of the
Schnabel was "too easy for children, too difficult for pianists". It's
not really an age thing - what he is saying (as Adam clearly recognises)
is that Mozart has a deceptive simplicity that disguises a depth and
maturity that is unique to him.

My late father used to say (and I don't know if it is original or not)
that the miracle of Mozart was not that he wrote his first symphony when
he was eight, but that he wrote the forty-first at all. It's the same

I'm not really sure - given my perspective as an Englishman - what the
essence of "Honor Groups" is, but if they have rejected Mozart for
Copland, then they clearly have no honour.


-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Michlin []
Sent: 14 October 2004 16:26
Subject: RE: [kl] Daniel Bonade and Rose

Forest brings up one of my biggest annoyances. Honor groups.

To get into, well, name your favorite world class orchestra you must
Mozart well. A few years ago, the powers that be in California decided
Mozart was too easy for the students applying to all-state and they
instead use, I kid you not, the cadenza from the Copland Clarinet

Artur Schnabel said it best:

"The sonatas of Mozart are unique: too easy for children, too difficult
adults. Children are given Mozart to play because of the quantity of
notes; grown ups avoid him because of the quality of notes."

Sadly honor groups have become, without exception to my knowledge, about

the quantity of notes.


At 10:02 AM 10/14/2004 -0500, Forest Aten wrote:
>In the U.S., students often have their first encounter with Rose in 8th
>9th grade as the band programs use excerpts from Rose for auditions
>"all-city", "all-region" and other honor groups (even chair position in
>bands). In many States these etudes are the standard repertory
selection for
>the "all-state" auditions.

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