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 Re: circular breathing
Author: mberkowski 
Date:   2019-01-21 16:26

I have been reading a 1967 edition of "Woodwind Instruments and Their History" by Anthony Baines, which I stumbled on in my University's library. The author is English and presents much of the material with an opinionated humor probably lost on me as an American. Yesterday, I reached his passage on circular breathing in the chapter on performance (emphasis added):

"**Purely as a stunt**, some oboe-players, past and present, have acquired the faculty of taking breath as glass-blowers and Oriental reed-instrument players do, namely by inhaling through the nose whilst actually blowing the instrument"

My own teachers treated it more or less as a stunt too (one teacher could do it) but I'm starting to realize how common it actually is among soloists now that it's easy to watch performances on youtube. If I recall, I saw a video in which Albrecht Mayer was talking about the Bach Partita BWV1013 from the assumption that circular breathing had to have been part of the part of the performance practice in Bach's time. Otherwise, no one could have played the piece as it is written.

Michael

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