Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Loren Kitt and Anton Stadler Both Play the Mozart Kegelstatt

The Kegelstatt Trio is a chamber piece for clarinet, piano, and viola.  It was written by Mozart while he was playing Skittles, which is kind of like table bowling.  I'm working on this piece with my brother Ari who plays viola and a pianist named Addison.  Mozart wrote the piece for his clarinet friend Anton Stadler. 

A critic from Mozart's time wrote, "I would not have thought that a clarinet could imitate the human voice so deceptively as you imitate it. Your instrument is so soft, so delicate in tone that no-one who has a heart can resist it."  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Stadler).

This reminds me of a master class at MYA taught by John Bruce Yeh this past weekend.  Mr. Yeh said that you should sing your song before you play it to get a good feel for the phrasing.  He said that music should imitate the human voice. 

When he said that, I was terrified that he might ask me to sing in front of everyone, so I was determined not to volunteer to play.  I also didn't want to play, because a lot of the wind players there were older and more experienced than me. While I don't want to sing, because I don't like singing, it actually makes a lot of sense.

Here is a link to Loren Kitt,  playing the third movement to the Kegelstatt.  His playing is very soft and delicate, and I like it very much.  http://www.acplayers.com/music/mozart-trio.mp3


  1. I am sure that Mr. Yeh would have enjoyed hearing you play so next time take the lead and play (show those older kids that you can play with the best of them!).

    Glad to know that you are studying Stadler and listening to the Kitt MP3.


  2. Hi Torin,

    I'm very pleased you attended the class at MYA on Saturday morning. Singing in front of your colleagues and others might be intimidating if you haven't done it a lot. But, if you practice singing your music in the privacy of your own practice room, you'll get used to it eventually. I look forward to hearing you play, and sing, sometime in the future!

    Best wishes to you in music, life and with the clarinet!
    John Yeh

  3. Over 473 hours. Great work, Torin!

    Your hard work will make you both a better musician and a better person.

    Love, Grandpa