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