Klarinet Archive - Posting 000067.txt from 2004/12
From: "davidglenn" <davidglenn@-----.de>
Subj: Re: Re: [kl] Scaramouche
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 13:11:02 -0500
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> Von :: kurtheisig@-----.net
> An :: klarinet@-----.org
> Betreff: Re: [kl] Scaramouche
> Datum: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 05:47:37 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
> As I remember it, Rascher said that he went to Paris to work on it with
> Milhaud---who was still composing the piece---in 1939---BUT it was sooo
> long ago!!!! (1972?)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Pay <tony.p@-----.org>
> Sent: Dec 1, 2004 3:26 PM
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: [kl] Scaramouche
> On 1 Dec, Joze Kotar <jkotar@-----.com> wrote:
> > --- kurtheisig@-----.net wrote:
> > > Scaramouche by Milhaud was originally for sax according to Sigurd
> > > Rascher.
> > > Knowing that Milhaud alternated years teaching in Paris and Oakland
> > > California, I tried Oakland information and Milhauds number was
> > > I called, and was able to speak to him and ask that question---"Was
> > > originally written for Rascher on the sax?" His answer was:
> "My dear boy,
> > > it is so long ago, I just don't remember."
> > I think that Scaramousche is originally for two pianos.
> The story I have is that it was an arrangement, listed as being for two
> pianos, of some of the incidental music Milhaud had written for a children's
> play by Vildrac (after Moliere) called 'Le Medecin Volant'. This play
> first performed at the Theatre Scaramouche in Paris in 1937 -- hence perhaps
> the title of the piece.
> How the saxophone comes into the story I don't know. Might it have been
> significant part of the original instrumentation (cf La Creation du Monde,
> 1923)? Perhaps someone else has more details.
> _________ Tony Pay
Scaramouche was written for Sigurd Rascher in 1939. Here's what I hear from Carina Rascher: She tells me that her father Sigurd was forced to emmigrate from Germany in 1939 and for his protection, an obituary was published. Otherwise, he was afraid the Nazis would chase him down. Milhaud had written Scaramouche originally for Mr. Rascher as a saxophone solo with orchestra but upon seeing the obituary, made a new version for two pianos. It wasn't until 1952 in Aspen, Colorado that Rascher met Milhaud again where the composer was conducting at a festival.
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