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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001056.txt from 1998/04

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: wind instruments and circus tricks
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 10:50:57 -0400

on 4/17/98 4:44 PM, SDSCHWAEG wrote:

>There is a story that Fred Hemke was playing a saxophone solo with the
>Northwestern University summer band outdoors on Deering meadow (this would
>have been in the early '60s), when a jet from the nearby Glenview Naval Air
>Station flew overhead during the cadenza. Fred was sustaining a high note
>when the jet drowned him out, was still sustaining it when the plane passed
>by, and went on to finish the cadenza to grand applause. Circular
>breathing? -
>or some other clever circus trick? :)

This brings immediately to mind the alto flute trick in Daphnis. There's
a solo with a forte whole note which is interrupted by a loud orchestral
chord. The alto flautist breathes during the orchestral chord, and no one
can hear the breath.

David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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