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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000393.txt from 2005/05

From: "Wes Kilpatrick" <whkilpatrick@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] music and the clarinet (was: Wagner!)
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 21:31:51 -0400

As a repair tech and avid gearhead I happen to care a lot about the
equipment that various players use!!

Wes
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew Lloyd" <matthew@-----.uk>
To: <klarinet@-----.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:23 PM
Subject: RE: [kl] music and the clarinet (was: Wagner!)

> David makes what is, to me, a very important point.
>
> I haven't heard the anecdote about De Peyer, but think it is something
> that so many musicians could think about.
>
> Listen, as I have been recently, to Dennis Brain playing Mozart. Does it
> matter what instrument he is playing, given the playing? His technique
> was, as we all know, superb. But what matters is that he was one of the
> supreme Mozartians of the twentieth Century.
>
> Who gives a tuppenny bit about the technical details of his instrument?
>
> Matthew
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Niethamer [mailto:niethamer@-----.com]
> Sent: 25 May 2005 01:55
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: [kl] music and the clarinet (was: Wagner!)
>
>
> On May 24, 2005, at 6:39 PM, Matthew Lloyd wrote:
>
>> Don't clarinettists discuss music?
>>
> Apparently not often on this side of the pond!
>
> I clearly remember Gervase DePeyer asking (at one of the early Clarinet
> Clinics at the University of Denver) when "we" would stop talking about
> all the technical nonsense about the clarinet, and start discussing the
> music. To a college undergraduate, that point of view was a revelation.
>
> In reading one of the biographies of Brahms, I was surprised to learn
> that a part of Brahms' beef with Wagner was Wagner's attitude that a
> composer was an "Artiste" - somehow on a higher plane than ordinary
> people. Brahms apparently felt that a composer should be an ordinary
> person who happened to write and perform music, and not some sort of
> "star" entitled to veneration and special treatment.
>
> Contrary to those that feel this discussion has gotten into the realm
> of personal attack, I think some posters have simply pointed out what
> they feel is sloppy thinking about the subject. As we've heard here
> many times, sloppy thinking leads to the acceptance of unsupportable
> myths about the clarinet and clarinet playing, which may result in a
> more youthful, but darker, tone. ;-)
>
> David
>
> David B. Niethamer
> dnietham@-----.edu
> http://members.aol.com/dbnclar1/index.html
>
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