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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000948.txt from 1999/04

From: Kennen White <>
Subj: [kl] double lip
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 18:21:04 -0400


Last week double lip playing was discussed. I had never realized
Stolzman is a double-lip player. Isn't John Bruce Yeh (of the Chicago
Symphony) a double lip player?

I know Andy Crisanti of the Ft. Worth Symphony was a committed
double-lipper when I studied with him in the late 70's. He seemed to
have chops of iron and could play anything. I saw him give a wonderful
performance of the Artie Shaw Concerto. Don't remember if he sat or
stood. While studying with him, I switched to double lip playing the
summer after my senior year in high school and found many advantages to
it. Unfortunately, I was unable to build up enough endurance before I
went away to college as a music major, so I switched back. I think it
probably would have taken the better part of a year to get enough
endurance to be really comfortable. I still occasionally use double lip
in my practicing and teaching. It seems to prevent excessive biting of
the reed and to me anyway, requires a different way of blowing. It can
be useful in sorting out high register problems, especially articulation

John Mohler was also a double lip player and had amazing stamina. I
played a band gig with him once (The Toledo Zoo Band) John was
principal and I sat next to him. For these concerts, we had a 2.5 hr
rehearsal Sunday afternoon, then a Sunday evening concert. As a
symphony player, I found this rather strenuous, because in band music,
the clarinets play almost non-stop. John played principal on the entire
concert, soloed on the Weber Fantasia and Rondo and on a jazzy piece the
name of which escapes me, and sounded wonderful and never missed a
note! He also was able to double tongue quite effectively. I believe
he had played in a military band earlier in his career.


Prof. Kennen White
179 School of Music
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859


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