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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000928.txt from 1998/04

From: dap@-----. Paprocki)
Subj: Re: wind instruments and circus tricks
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 19:18:52 -0400

Well stated. Exactly what I was thinking. How did people read
jealosy into my post? I made an observation that the circular breathing
could be heard on a recording and did detract from the performance. This
made the recording sound like I was listening to an old LP with some
surface noise. Otherwise the performance was fine.
By the way, what instruments can't circular breath? I know the
clarinet, sax, and oboe can. What about flute, bassoon, and brass
instruments? If it's not physically possible on these instruments what do
these players do for those long phrases (or whole movements)? For the
people who do use this technique, who taught it to you? I'm curious where
this started in the classical world. My first encounter with hearing it
was on an old Buddy Rich LP of Channel 1 Suite where the sax soloist does
circular breath (yes you can hear it on the recording).
It's interesting to look back on some of the great performers like
Wright, Marcellus, Bonade, etc and wonder how they survived without
circular breathing. When I've seen Wright, Combs, Cohen, Dagon, Gigliotti,
etc live I've never been aware of their circular breathing - maybe they
didn't do it??


Daniel A. Paprocki

Instructor of Clarinet & Music, Malone College
Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, Kent State University - Stark Campus

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