Posted by Dr. Phil Golson on June 29, 2002 at 16:51:38:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Circular Breathing posted by Jay Bertolet on June 29, 2002 at 08:28:54:
I used to use circular breathing in passages for euphonium where 1. was a transcripted cello part that demanded great length, or 2., I really wanted to provide a bottom (or middle, in some cases)without any burbles at all. I believe this technique, while notable by Wynton in Perpetual Motion and other charts, is about as useful as the "rainbow kick" in soccer/football. Cool to brag about, neat to see somebody do, but RARELY necessary.
On the point of auditions, a former teacher of mine won an audition for a symphony gig, choosing to breathe in the middle of a long held passage. The other finalist contestant made a "showoff" attempt at circular breathing, and could not hide the quick/in/out that cirk breathing requires. As a result, a very exposed, and beautiful note was jaded by poor decision-making. The guy who made a musical and careful breath won that time. FWIW.