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Sound in Motion: A Performer's Guide to Greater Musical Expression Paperback – March 17, 2009
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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)
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 (PBDB Book Review)
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.