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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000066.txt from 2008/05

From: "Harold Smith" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Gnarly buttons
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 19:34:21 -0400

It's my fervent hope tha John Adams' music be used at Guantanamo instead of waterboarding. It's a more benign form of torture, usually causing extreme boredom.


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Leeson
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: [kl] Gnarly buttons

Exactly Bill. I kept hoping that there was going to be a melody, or
something of rhythmic or harmonic insterest somewhere around the next curve
in the road, but it never came. Maybe the other movements (presuming there
are some) are more interesting.

Whenever I had an opportunity to play minamilist music, it was as if bees
were inside my head buzzing, stinging, and biting. Do people go crazy
playing that kind of music?


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Foss []
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] Gnarly buttons

You are right Dan, it is a difficult piece. I worked it up then decided that
there was not enough music in it to justify my performing it in public.

Perhaps just not my cup of tea.

Bill Foss
U.S. Army Retired
USC Aiken, Woodwind Professor
Director of Bands, Aiken Prep

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Leeson" <>
To: ">
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 11:46 AM
Subject: [kl] Gnarly buttons

> Yesterday, Apr. 12, the Classical TV network showed a performance of the
> beginning of John Adams Gnarly Buttons, with a small and eclectic
> orchestra accompanying the soloist, Andre Trouttel.
> While I was not favorably inclined to the piece, it is clearly a heavy
> piece of work for the clarinetist.
> Dan Leeson
> SKYPE: dnleeson
> ------------------------------------------------------------------


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