It's been quite awhile since I posted a Paul Jeanjean etude to share my progress on the "Jeanjean Project". Today I said "the heck with it", turned on my Flip video camera and started playing. This is the second take, straight through.
Winter and work and equipment angst, plus the fact that this is one of the trickier etudes, prevented a more timely posting. Yet I didn't want to put this one on the back burner. I wanted to slice, dice and reassemble the whole thing from the bottom up. During the process of learning the etude, I worked on circular breathing, general quality of breathing, voicing, finger choices and general hand integrity, along with lots of slow and rhythmic practice. A lot of super-conscious finger/hand/arm/neck practice went into this. The healthy tension to play quickly remains in my fingers and only slightly in my hands. (Sorry for the bad video position. It's hard to tell until I see the result.)
For those interested, I am playing my Selmer Privilège, with a Backun MoBa barrel (they are a sweet match!) and a Behn Vintage D mouthpiece, with a Légère Signature 3.75 reed, slightly sanded at the tip for balance and response.
I play the entire etude at one tempo (more or less), since the first part is the same rhythmic and harmonic structure as the second. (I only recently realized how the first two bars of the first part are merely ornamented by 32nds in the second.)