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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000779.txt from 1999/04

Subj: [kl] Double Lip Playing-Question for Tom Ridnouer
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 01:39:50 -0400

>>>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<<<

A few words about this are in order. Marcellus did not play double lip
(except for a few days here and there as an experiment. He sat for concertos
toward the end of his career because he eventually lost all of his natural
teeth through complications of diabetes, and his dentures were not stable
enough to support the instrument. As you can well imagine, he also had to
relearn every time more teeth were removed. Quite remarkable.

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