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Rafael Méndez

Rafael Méndez

Rafael Méndez


Rafael Méndez (March 26, 1906 - September 15, 1981) was a popular virtuoso solo trumpeter. As a young child in his native Mexico, Mendez was the cornetist for Pancho Villa.[1] Mendez is legendary for his tone, range and technique. His most famous recording, "Moto Perpetuo," was written by Niccolò Paganini for violin and features Mendez double tonguing continuously for over 4 minutes while circular breathing to give the illusion that he is not taking a natural breath while playing. Read more on Last.fm
Rafael Méndez (March 26, 1906 - September 15, 1981) was a popular virtuoso solo trumpeter. As a young child in his native Mexico, Mendez was the cornetist for Pancho Villa.[1] Mendez is legendary for his tone, range and technique. His most famous recording, "Moto Perpetuo," was written by Niccolò Paganini for violin and features Mendez double tonguing continuously for over 4 minutes while circular breathing to give the illusion that he is not taking a natural breath while playing. Around the time of his retirement, Méndez asked a fellow trumpeter, Tom Hernandez (who had studied under Méndez and Maurice André) to take over his soloing duties, but Tom declined in order to continue with his directing. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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