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Passing of a Virtuoso
February 26, 2012 7:32 PM   Subscribe

RIP Maurice André

Maurice André passed away at age 78. Brief biography here. Andre was a coal miner who, luckily for the rest of us, found his way into music. He was a truly a virtuoso, able to make the hardest passages look easy.

André at his best, playing Hora Staccato.
posted by plinth (13 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

In a very personal way I'm especially saddened by his passing as I nearly gave up trumpet in 7th grade and then I heard his recordings and saw him play at Carnegie Hall. My dad got me into the green room after the performance and I met this tiny, jovial Frenchman who could truly make a trumpet sing. It's been 33 years since that time and I still play and he's still my model of what I should sound like.
posted by plinth at 7:36 PM on February 26, 2012 [3 favorites]

posted by bz at 7:38 PM on February 26, 2012

posted by smirkette at 7:44 PM on February 26, 2012

posted by jim in austin at 7:46 PM on February 26, 2012

posted by Jon_Evil at 7:51 PM on February 26, 2012 [5 favorites]

I watched a few videos on youtube of this man playing, and in many of them, it looks like he takes a breath while the tone of the trumpet is still playing. How is that possible?
posted by crunchland at 8:24 PM on February 26, 2012

circular breathing
posted by quazichimp at 8:51 PM on February 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by honest knave at 12:42 AM on February 27, 2012

I'm glad to have his recordings.

posted by ersatz at 4:40 AM on February 27, 2012

posted by Meatafoecure at 5:13 AM on February 27, 2012

circular breathing -- No. It's not this, I don't think. He actually parts his lips and yet is still playing. Maybe it's just that the video and soundtrack aren't quite sync'ed. But if you look at the video in the op, at the 16 second mark, and at 44... he's breathing and playing at the same time.
posted by crunchland at 5:21 AM on February 27, 2012

posted by Mental Wimp at 12:08 PM on February 27, 2012

Every time I feel frustrated about how the trumpet is kicking my ass I listen to some Andre. And somehow it always works -- my tone is always sweeter if I keep his sound in mind.

RIP, Mr Andre.
posted by phliar at 6:51 PM on February 27, 2012

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