Klarinet Archive - Posting 000067.txt from 2010/05
From: "Dan Leeson" <dnleeson@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bobbing and Mozart
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 23:12:03 -0400
I think you are talking about the glass harmonica, which Franklin is
credited with inventing.
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Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] Bobbing and Mozart
> Didn't Mozart write for Ben Franklin's instrument?
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>>From: Fred <vze2bsbs@-----.net>
>>Sent: May 7, 2010 1:16 PM
>>Subject: [kl] Bobbing and Mozart
>>Here is an interesting link I got from the Italian clarinet list:
>>The musicians are wonderful players, but so distracting with the
>>ridiculous bobbing and looking at each other that I had to look
>>away. Andre Rieu's group does the same thing and I hate it. It is
>>disrespect for the music, or perhaps the feeling that the music
>>cannot stand on its own and needs some sort of "entertaining"
>>embellishment. Obviously aimed at the less sophisticated music
>>listener. Wasn't it Toscanini that was very animated at his
>>REHEARSALS to get his points across to the musicians, but at the
>>actual performance he was very laid back, "to let the music speak for
>>itself"? He was correct.
>>On the other hand- I think this is the first time I saw the Mozart
>>played on an ancient instrument- probably as Mozart would have heard
>>it- I wonder what Mozart would have said if he heard it today on the
>>modern clarinets. Maybe he would not have liked it. Who knows.
>>Speaking about Mozart, I recently took a trip to Philadelphia to see
>>the historic district (2 hour drive for me). I realized there that
>>Mozart was alive at the same time as the birth of our country! Ben
>>Franklin could have had lunch with him!!
>>Don't know what brought this on- maybe I'm getting old :)
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