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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000015.txt from 2010/12

From: Martin Baxter <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sabine Meyer & movement
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 10:39:40 -0500

On 25 Nov 2010, at 12:13, Kathy Williams wrote:

I'm sure the topic of movement has been done to death in this list, but there is movement and there is excessive movement. As an offender in my younger days, movement can be counterproductive if the excess of it influence the sound. I feel it a great pity that instrumentalists are not afforded the same movement and Alexander classes vocal students do. And I found once I started recording myself visually, the movement reduced dramatically. While some audience members close their eyes whilst listening to music, the vast majority don't and I feel as clarinettists, we need to be as aware of how we look on stage as much as how we sound.
I'm in general agreement with you but I'd like to raise two points.
Why shouldn't music be taken seriously? Various people have made the statement "music should not be taken too seriously." as if this were a given fact. No-one has yet justified it.
Secondly would those who are not distracted by a player's movements be distracted by another player's stillness?
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