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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000450.txt from 2010/11

From: Tony Pay <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Text, meaning and interpretation
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:38:30 -0500

On 26 Nov 2010, at 22:15, Martin Baxter wrote:

> Tony's (as always) pertinent comments lead to the oft quoted: "Even when we use the correct instruments, study the historical evidence and attempt to reproduce what we think the composer would have heard we cannot listen to eighteenth or nineteenth century music with 18th century ears, so why bother trying".

I don't know this quote, and I haven't been able to find it through Google. Who said it?

> Like most musicians I have my own answer, but, Tony, I would very much like to hear more of yours, and that of other musicians on the list.

My own answer is given at:

...where I maintain that 'trying to sound like what the composer would have heard' is not an adequate characterisation of what I do, on period or modern instrument.

Tony Pay
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