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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000885.txt from 1998/04

From: (Courtney Bogott)
Subj: Re: circular breathing
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 06:05:06 -0400

Maybe I am ignorant (I'm only in high school so hopefully it is
excusable!), but what exactly is circular breathing? Is it something
like breathing in and out at the same time? I thought that was not
possible (except for infants!) So, can everyone do it? And how do you


Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 21:21:55 -0500
Subject: Re: wind instruments and circus tricks

Why are you listening to clarinet players doing oboe music? We don't do
the Fantasiestucke on oboe d'amore....

Were you an oboist, as am I, you would know that what Mr. Neidich has
found is not a circus trick, but a valauble expressive device.
Labelling it a "trick" only displays impatience at not being able to do
it oneself. Without circle breathing, I can play a solo for 45-50
seconds without pause on the oboe; this is always impressive in the slow
movement of the Unfinished Symphony, whereas the clarinet plays the long
solo in c# minor with three breaths, I play it later in a minor with
none. Keeps the audience--and your fellows in the orchestra--on the
edge of their seats.

I play the end of the first Romance, the last three lines, without
breath. Same effect.

Don't deny yourself a valuable expressive device.

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