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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000374.txt from 2005/04

From: "Abraham Gamboa" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RE: TUNERS
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 16:50:03 -0400

Hi Walter, I don't know if I'm getting old or whatever BUT I use to like
film scores before all the electronic music got involved and especially the
Beatles rock'n roll era (I was a teenager in the mid sixties and listened to
a lot of rock and saw many rock concerts in Boston and liked some of them).
BUT I loved those old musicals and film scores with the Big Bands!!!!
A freind who studied a lot with Joe Allard has a theory that the A tuning is
going up (442; 444) all over the world due to "sound" pollution, such as all
the traffic (cars, trucks) machines, airplanes, loud electronic music and
these loud noises that seem to be increasing yearly and their effect on our
I'm referring more to smaller ensembles and jazz/world music more than
symphonies although some symphonies I believe are tuning the A above 440!!
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Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 10:49 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] RE: TUNERS

> In a message dated 4/22/2005 8:29:47 PM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> How many in a "typical" audience can hear the problem being worked
> out? (This is probably an unanswerable question.) Or really
> appreciate it when you get it "right"?>>
> I believe that the "typical audience" is a lot smarter and more savvy than
> we think> The "collective ear" is being trained to hear music played well
> tune with very few if any mistakes. If you do not believe this, listen to
> modern film scores and then compare to the standard of playing, say pre
Star Wars.
> (1977)
> Or listen to any of the major symphony orchestra from the 50's or 60's.
> will hear some great players, no doubt, but the general standard is often
> surprisingly shabby.
> Today's typical audience may not be able to identify that the "bass
> is very sharp" or that "the horn section seems to be on another planet
> rhythmically", but they will recognize that something was missing or not
right in
> the performance.
> Walter Grabner
> World-class clarinet mouthpieces
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