This is simply wonderful. Adam Rapa probably needs no introduction; he’s a fantastic player with chops to spare, but Natalie Dungey may not be so familiar. I first heard of her in a Monette shop video and was astounded at the quality of her tone and playing, and I think she was around 10 at the time. She’s 12 now, and has clearly been working on the horn for a while. If you think you’ve got to be some sort of strongman to get good range, or have to practice for 10 years to be great, listen to Natalie and rethink that. Here they both are playing Charlier #6, with Rapa on the harmony part composed by James Olcott. Charlier #6 has always been one of my favorite etudes, second only to Charlier #2 on my list, in fact (if you don’t have the book you should. It can be hard to find. Start here). Thanks, Adam and Natalie for an enjoyable performance.
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