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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000170.txt from 2000/04

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] re: Mandat
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 08:20:19 -0400

From: chr <>
Subject: Re: Circular breathing
Message-ID: <>
Thanks for all the advice about circular breathing. Didn't know glass
blowers used the same principle.
I have a couple of other questions. There are two more movements in the Eric
Mandat piece which Michael would like to learn (not for the competition, but
just so). In one of them, one must sing a particular note and play other
notes simultaneously. Anybody know how to practice that?
The other one asks you to remove the mouthpiece and then blow over the
barrel kind of like one plays the flute and you produce a flute sound. I
know it can be done because I heard Eric Mandat play his piece live at a
clarinet fest one year. It was wonderful to hear. We also have his CD.
Anybody have ideas on how to work on that?
Thanks again,


If you are speaking about Mandat 5 Preludes (I think you are) then there is
also a recording up of Sean Osborn playing it - He studied with Mandat for
his Masters. It's at and is free to hear.
The singing and playing reminds me of a joke I play on students when they
come in with a band book, and the book has unison playing. When they ask me
how to play the one note above the other, I tell them to sing the bottom
and play the top.
Fun to watch them try - I let them off the hook pretty quickly ;)

David Blumberg

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