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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000970.txt from 1998/04

From: Grant Green <>
Subj: Re: wind instruments and circus tricks
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 19:19:34 -0400

At 10:06 AM 4/17/98, you wrote:
>Daniel Paprocki asked:
>> By the way, what instruments can't circular breathe? I know the
>>clarinet, sax, and oboe can. What about flute, bassoon, and brass
>This discussion has fascinated me because I had no idea until now that
>circular breathing could have a function in legit music.
>As for the brasses, I first saw it demonstrated, years ago at a regional
>music festival in upstate New York, by a professional trumpet player named
>Ernie Royal. For a long time I thought it was just a trumpet/cornet
>players' stunt. The only places I ever heard it done in performance were by
>dixieland lead trumpets or cornets who sustained a high note for an entire
>32-bar chorus, mainly to show off - although it could be exciting.

One can circular breathe on any instrument, but some are easier than
others. I think flute is probably the hardest, because the instrument
provides the least resistance.


Grant D. Green Just filling in on sarrusophone
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