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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000007.txt from 2005/07

From: Joseph Wakeling <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Humid conditions - affects on the clarinet & reeds
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 12:18:52 -0400

John D. Stackpole wrote:

> Except maybe "I'm not sure which note to play next."
> In my experience that does *not* work out "pretty well" in most
> situations.

Well, I said "lots of", not "most", but in any case that kind of depends
on whether it's performance or practise, doesn't it? And
performance-wise, you really shouldn't still have those sorts of
questions to deal with... ;-)

But in practise sessions it's a different matter. For example there's a
few passages in the Mozart concerto where depending on the edition used
certain notes are marked either sharp or natural (consistently
throughout the piece, fortunately). Dan will probably be able to tell
us which version is correct but orchestras still get given either set of
parts. What's a soloist to do in such situations? The only practical
solution is to say, "Well, I'm not sure what version of these phrases
the orchestra will have so I'll practise *both*." You take on board the
fact that there is an uncertainty and respond to that by preparing so
that when the time comes, you can deal with any of the possibilities at
the drop of a hat. Then when it comes to performance you *don't* have
that uncertainty to deal with, because you say, "Are we doing X or Y?
OK, Y."---and you do it, just as you practised.

... Ditto many controversial passages due to misprints or editor idiocy,
some contemporary music where it may not be clear whether accidentals
apply to a whole bar or just to individual notes, etc. etc. etc....

-- Joe

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