The book is intended for students who are beginning their studies in music (upper elementary - high school) and serves as a primer of advice regarding many areas of interest and concern to young musicians. Most of the examples used in the book are from musicians who play orchestra and/or band instruments; however, the philosophy and underlying premise of the book provides examples that students will be able to transfer to their own situations, regardless of the instrument they study.
affordable addition to the library of so far. The final test––hearing the reed Most of the examples used in the every serious oboist, and represents a played by its maker––cannot be pre- book are from musicians who play unique example of the type of research sented in a book. The reader is encour- orchestra and/or band instruments; that continues to be valuable, and aged to explore available recordings however, the philosophy and underly- needed, for performers on other (some of which are mentioned) to ing premise of the book provides instruments as well. complete this study. Nevertheless, the examples that students will be able to Ledet explores reeds and reed mak- overarching question that arises transfer to their own situations, regard- ing practices of 82 oboists from 14 remains: Who is going to do the next less of the instrument they study. One countries, including the United States, volume? ––Reviewed by interesting addition in this second edi- many European countries, Russia and Peggy Grant, Northern Kentucky tion is the inclusion of web resources Australia, and spanning almost three- University and more solutions that include tech- quarters of a century (1869 to 1950). nology in general. The informal style His intent was to document the wide The Young Musician’s Survival Guide: and inclusion of biographies of profes- range of oboe reed styles and to relate Tips from Teens and Pros, by Amy sional musicians create an informative them to the five different schools of Nathan. Oxford University Press, 2008. and interesting resource for students. playing (and their hybrids) that he www.us.oup.com; (800) 451-7556; 180 Studio teachers may find it very use- identifies. The result is an extraordi- pp. $12.95. ful to include this book as part of the nary contribution to the international The second edition of Amy Nathan’s lesson experience for their students. oboe world, not only as a guide for young musicians is an engag- The book is divided into 10 chapters reference/documentary of reed styles ing, accessible and welcome resource that are fairly short and address various but also as a compilation of important for young musicians. The book is aspects of musical study and perform- performers and their practices, includ- intended for students who are begin- ance. A studio teacher may wish to ing the great and influential Marcel ning their studies in have the student Tabuteau and Fernand Gillet. music (upper ele- read a chapter a The 168 representative reeds (some mentary––high week and then oboists contributed two) are shown school) and serves as use that chapter both in reflected light and in silhouette a primer of advice as the basis for a (back-lighted) and are organized alpha- regarding many areas continuing con- betically by country and, within each of interest and con- versation regard- country, alphabetically by surname. cern to young musi- ing practice The contents section lists the oboists’ cians. Student
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