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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000436.txt from 2010/11

From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?sarah=20elbaz?=" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] =?iso-8859-1?q?Sabine_Meyer?=
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 12:16:59 -0500

Meyer began playing the clarinet at an early age. Her first teacher was her=
father, also a clarinetist. She studied with Otto Hermann in Stuttgart and=
then with Hans Deinzer at the Hochschule f=FCr Musik und Theater, Hanover,=
along with her brother, clarinetist Wolfgang Meyer, and now-husband, clari=
netist Reiner Wehle, who played later in the Munich Philharmonic. She began=
her career as a member of the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and t=
he Berlin Philharmonic, where her appointment as one of the orchestra's fir=
st female members, caused controversy. Herbert von Karajan, the orchestra's=
music director, hired Meyer in September 1982, but the players voted again=
st her at the conclusion of her probation period by a vote of 73 to 4. The =
orchestra insisted the reason was that her tone did not blend with the othe=
r members of the section, but other observers, including Karajan, believed =
that the true reason was her gender. In 1983, after nine months, Meyer left=
the orchestra to become a full-time solo clarinetist

> -------Original Message-------
> From: Martin Baxter <>
> To: The Klarinet Mailing List <>
> Subject: Re: [kl] Sabine Meyer
> Sent: 26 Nov '10 17:03
> =

> Sorry then Sarah, but you should have e-mailed him privately if your com=
ments were only addressed to one member of this thread. As you made it an o=
pen communication I think that you are unwise to say so positively that the=
only reason Sabine Meyer was dismissed was because of her sex unless you h=
ave proof that would stand up in a court of law.
> Martin
> =

> On 26 Nov 2010, at 16:36, sarah elbaz wrote:
> =

> My post was an answer to Danyel.
> And Sabine was judged by different standard- she had to leave Berlin Phi=
l. only because she was a women and for no other reason.
> =

> Sarah
> =

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