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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000195.txt from 2010/11

From: K S <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Jennifer's question
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:05:36 -0500

Intonation has infinite refinements. In The Art of Clarinet Playing,
Keith Stein wrote that Marcel Tabuteau would intentionally play a hair
flat on sustained notes and at the last moment move up to the correct

It's like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer because it feels
so good when you stop.

Monteverdi was the master of this. In his 1610 Vespers, there's a
pedal point that lasts over 30 seconds of grinding dissonance. When
it finally ends, it's like the sun coming out from behind a cloud.

Ken Shaw
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