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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000753.txt from 1999/04

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Double Lip Playing-Question for Tom Ridnouer
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 14:06:28 -0400

On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, TOM RIDENOUR wrote:

> Walter, I don't play that much any more, but when I did a lot of
> recital playing I always sat. I saw Harold Wright play the Mozart
> with the BSO several times, as well as the Copland once; he sat and
> read both works; sounded simply great.

I saw Robert Marcellus play the Debussy Rhapsodie with the Cleveland
Orchestra, and Tony Gigliotti play something (can't remember what - it was
a long time ago) with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and both sat. In fact,
Marcellus sat on the front part of the chiar, leaned back, crossed his
legs, and appeared to be about ready to take a nap rather than play a
solo. However, as you can imagine, it sounded great. Gigliotti told me
that he sat because he felt that his air capacity and breath control were
better when he sat than when he stood. As I am primarily a bassoonist,
and usually play seated, I was glad to hear him say that, and I have
always recommended it to my students. I regret a little the recent trend
among bassoonists to stand while playing. There are even more reasons to
sit when playing the bassoon than the clarinet.

Ed Lacy

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