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Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player (Music Secrets for the Advanced Musician) Paperback – October 3, 2013
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Leclair's descriptions and ideas of conquering them should be refreshing and often liberating. Being reminded of a 'lost technique' is quite helpful, and likewise reading solutions similar to your own can be reassuring. The resource list at the end of the book is extremely helpful in that Leclair has included a brief synopsis for each book listed. The variety of texts and suggested recordings lends insight into Leclair's reading tastes and habits. It is clear that she is committed to working towards healthy playing habits, enhancing and encouraging creativity, and opening her mind and body to discovery and invention. Oboe Secrets is written in clear, easy to comprehend language, should be a staple in the oboists' and English hornists' libraries, and I recommend it for students, teachers, amateurs and professionals alike. (The Double Reed)
About the Author
- Publisher : Scarecrow Press (October 3, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 166 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0810886200
- ISBN-13 : 978-0810886209
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.07 x 0.43 x 10.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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for any serious oboist.
1. All but a few of the "secrets" are common-sense, basic principles that an ambitious student who has studied oboe for two years would have learned from an intelligent teacher, or discovered for herself. What is lacking is something new, something 21st century, unique, inspiring, personal, and PRACTICAL! I don't care about secrets, let the NSA handle them.
2. Most of the information given here has already been published, in books and articles by Jay Light, Evelyn Rothwell, Robert Sprenkle, Martin Schuring, Libby van Cleve, Nora Post, Stephan Caplan, and others. Even the classic text by Louis Bleuzet.
3. Leclair is a specialist in "contemporary music," but she hardly delves into the many problems presented by oboe music written from the 1960s to the present. "Advanced students" should have learned double tonguing, glissandi and flutter tonguing in the 3rd or 4th year of study, unless they intend to remain glued to the music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Few can afford to do that.
4. Leclair's gloating over the fact she never agonized over reeds is, to me, insultingly naive. The better you play, the more you demand from reeds. It's remarkable that she does not give space to the use of the micrometer for making reeds, and for obtaining the kind of standardization she idealizes. There is no better, faster and more informative way to gauge what works for you, what is best for high and low notes, and for different sonic approaches, and thus different works of music, than to experiment with the micrometer. Why reeds never tormented Leclair is indeed a great secret, which, alas, is not revealed here in detail.
5. Leclair barely mentions the oboe repertory. In a book for advanced students, one would expect to see a list of music for oboe that sets out parameters of progress in technique, advising the student how to proceed, from Britten to Berio, Wuorinen, Wolpe, Yun and beyond. I've collected 400 works for solo oboe, 1950s--present. If Leclair doesn't make them better known, who will?