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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000073.txt from 2005/08

From: "Margaret Thornhill" <clarinetstudio@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] applauding before the end
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 11:48:11 -0400

Wayne wrtoe:

> " I like opera. The culture is
> somehow different, isn't it? There, the excited
> applause as an aria is ending, is, for me, perfect. I
> want to join in with the emotion of the singer."

Wayne, though I agree with most of your post, I have no tolerance for this
practice.

Not only does it subvert the composer's attempt to complete his musical
throught, but it's completely disrepectful of the artists in the pit who
have more playing to do, as in a performance I heard of The Italian Girl
in Algiers at the Met in 2004, where one of the Met orchestra
clarinetists
was compltely drowned out by applause for the tenor (Juan Diego Florez)
while playing his beautiful solo clarinet obbligato that ends a tenor
aria.

Margaret Thornhill, DMA
Artist/Teacher of Modern and Historical Clarinet
http://www.margaretthornhill.com

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