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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000286.txt from 2005/07

From: "Patricia A. Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Balance in Chamber Music
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 11:31:45 -0400

Fred Jacobowitz wrote:

> Wayne,
> Your questions can be taken a few ways, but It sounds to me like
> you want to hear the clarinet more than the music. That is a valid
> desire and not to be belittled. However, it has been my experience
> that when performing with strings, the clarinet is almost always too
> loud. If David Peck managed to stay under the strings, BRAVO FOR HIM!
> In the Schubert Octet, the clarinet part is often supposed to be
> supporting the strings (specifically the violin) so you shouldn't be
> really aware of it more than any other instrument.

I studied with David Peck for about a year and a half when I was living
in San Diego (about 1989-91) until he took the principal position with
the Houston Symphony. I would give anything to have heard him play that
piece of music.

If anything, David is quite the perfectionist, which one has to be to
play chamber music and orchestral music. Note this is not a criticism,
but a compliment. That is one reason I nearly cried when I found out he
was leaving, since I prefer such folks with whom to study. (Though I
couldn't blame him in the least, believe me - but I will not comment on
that here) His attention to the details of playing, and to minute
aspects of the music are what make him a fabulous musician, and artist.

Patricia Smith

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