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Sound in Motion: A Performer's Guide to Greater Musical Expression Paperback – March 17, 2009
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"In this thoughtful and imaginative study, David McGill codifies an important oral and aural tradition in musical performance and pedagogy in which he has been an active participant. Growing from the legacy of Marcel Tabuteau, this tradition continued through the work of McGill's own teachers, John de Lancie and Sol Schoenbach. McGill's book will not only be welcomed by performers, but also by musicologists interested in the history of performance practice and music theorists interested in the relationship of analysis and performance." ―Kevin Korsyn, University of Michigan
"What is phrasing? What is line? What is music? Logically and with acute attention to detail, Sound in Motion takes the reader on a philosophical journey rooted in the teachings of Marcel Tabuteau, John deLancie, John Minsker, and Sol Schoenbach, the timeless performances of Maria Callas, deLancie, and others, as well as McGill's own career as an orchestral bassoonist." ―The Double Reed
"... offers a clean, modern take on Tabuteau's legacy, strong advice for aspiring wind players, and a range of observations that should inspire or provoke any serious musician.... Recommended." ―Choice
"A most important, all encompassing book about music, its nature and its significance, not only for the professional musician, but for all those who see in it an expression of human creation. [McGill] deals with the different expressive means of sound, of styles and, perhaps most important of all for the practicing musician: the connection between attitude and aptitude. He understands perfectly that music is, after all, not a profession, but rather a way of life.... A rare book full of knowledge and insight." ―Daniel Barenboim, world-renowned pianist and conductor
"Well-written and opinionated treatise on almost every aspect of the art of musicianship, taking as its basis the methods of Tabuteau, but moving well beyond into discussions of auditioning, intonation, and an extended section on the Baroque performance movement." ―, September 11, 2008
"The book takes a modern look at Marcel Tabuteau's classic method." ―Los Angeles Times
"...informative and entertaining ... The book is a well-written and opinionated treatise on almost every aspect of the art of musicianship..."
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Want to brush up on your phrasing skills or teach a student the necessity of phrasing? This is your book.
The author discusses how to achieve phrasing that conveys motion and lyricism: note grouping, choice of articulation, dynamics, and (to some degree) tonal production.
Many aspects of how great phrasing is produced come from the Philadelphia tradition of woodwind playing, exemplified by the legendary teachers at the Curtis Institute. The information is, however, applicable to all instruments.
Other sources might present bits and pieces of this material, but David McGill has put it all here, succinctly, and in an easy to read and logical narrative. He is a fine writer (and bassoonist) and will hopefully produce additional books...perhaps with an illustrative CD? hint. hint.
This book is a must for both serious amateurs and for performance majors.