Jack Brymer in London - the 1980's

from In the Orchestra, pages 11,12-13:

It can be even worse when the intonation of a particular phrase or scale played solo comes under the microscope, because personal methods of correction become involved... There was a particularly glaring example of this in London recently when the final pianissimo D flat in a tiny clarinet interjection in Beethoven's Fifth came under the magnifier. It was sharp - predictably, because that's what happens to a clarinet when you do a special pianissimo. The player of course knew this, and the next time *Parkinson came around he played it just a reasonable piano in dynamic - in tune. The …   more >>

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Jack Brymer, In the Orchestra (London, 1987), p. 11,12-13. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1417879245825 accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: London


Jack Brymer
Schoolteacher, Clarinetist, Musician

Listening to

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Symphony No. 5
written by Antonín Dvorák, Beethoven

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1980's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


*Parkinson here refers to Brymer's so-called Parkinson's Law: 'the law which says that the amount of work you have to do expands in proportion to the amount of time you have to do its completion' (In The Orchestra, p. 11)

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:20:45 +0000
Approved on Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:45:17 +0000