HOW IS KNOWLEDGE OF STYLES ATTAINED AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR

  Every clarinet player who wants to be a music professional must know the characteristics of the musical styles of different periods (epochs). He also needs to know the composers who created in a given time and their styles of writing.

        Surely it is unacceptable to play Mozart as Weber is played, or  for example,  Debussy  as Stamitz.

   It is therefore essential that you now read and study the history of music, music theory and harmony as much as possible. And particularly: listen to good performance of the work from different periods – at concerts, on radio or TV, records, CDs or cassettes.

       Listen, and think and analyze. Only in this way, your interpretation may be stylistically correct, ie. in the spirit of the author and time when the composition was made.

Taken from my book
I Am Studying Clarinet IV


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