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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000075.txt from 2005/08

From: Gary Smith <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Apllause and other interriptions at concerts
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 12:59:52 -0400

I agree with Dan as well - you know, people pay the hard-earned to do
something they ENJOY, and not, unless they are wrestling with
personality problems that are beyond the scope of this discussion, to
be put in a position where they're constantly thinking "Now, which
fork goes with which entree?", even after becoming relatively well
educated. Hell, I PLAY in an orchestra, and I've been "guilty" of
applauding at a point where, oops, the music isn't over. Unless you're
familiar with a work, you can get turned around by attaca transitions
and grand pauses within movements. I've gotten to where I don't
applaud until a) the conductor turns around or b) the rest of the
audience applauds. I think the thing about applause is part of the
overall constipation I see within some of the academic set - while
certainly one's approach to performing should be serious, i.e. with an
eye toward excellence, a lot of this music wasn't written to be such a
deadly serious experience for the concert-goer! I mean, if you've
studied the plots of these operas, well, my gawd...

On 8/6/05,> wrote:
> In a message dated 8/6/2005 8:28:24 AM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> <<Those who have written on this subject talking about how applause
> ruins the mood of a concert are, in my very humble opinion,
> slaves to the romantic tradition of stifling audience
> participation at public events. And I say, to hell with them.>>
> Bravo Dan!

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