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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000460.txt from 2010/11

From: "Kevin Fay" <kevin.fay.home@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sabine Meyer
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:47:04 -0500

sarah elbaz posted:

<<<I don't remember that anyone complained about the movements of this
(great!) musician

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK6gGWMnTZI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogJFXqYEYd8&feature=related
or his folower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zveX7QRpI&feature=related

and most people think that this clarinetist is great (and I agree)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1btdMkXIruQ

When I wrote convincing I meant that I belive that her movements are
sincere, I don't think that it's a show for the audiance. You can't fake
musicality.>>>

Spend some time on Google. *Lots* of folks thought Lennie's histrionics
were a bit over the top.

I don't mind so much if a conductor dances for the audience instead of
assisting the musicians (their one and only true function) - great
orchestras don't need that much help, at least for pieces firmly in the
canon. After all, no one ever hears a conductor.

For musicians - the people actually producing the sounds we like to hear - I
find excess movement to be an affectation, taking away from the performance.
Since we're quoting Youtube, I'll aver that anything more than this is
extraneous:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFaq9kTlcaY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPcnGrie__M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS5b5_V3pcY&feature=related

Of course, this is an instrument that *requires* some movement to produce
tone. Clarinet, no.

There are a pile of masterclasses by JH on Youtube. We can learn a lot by
viewing them.

IMHO, of course.

kjf

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