Oboe Music Study
At level four, opportunities for many exciting activities begin to emerge: auditions for solo chair positions at school, solo and ensemble contests, scholarship auditions. Summer enrichment programs, music festivals and regional band-orchestra chairs should be pursued.
Continuation of private study is important to effectively focus on detailed preparations for solo appearances, contests and auditions. If possible, a professional level instrument should be obtained to attain the best in sound, intonation and technique. An interest in better reeds, including both the skill of adjusting reeds as well as fundamental reedmaking, should continue to evolve. Beginning work on doubling on English Horn should be considered at this point.
More extensive listening habits should be developed. Following good music radio stations, learning the classical orchestral repertoire, learning about great composers, and identifying music periods and jazz styles will cultivate high performance standards and ambitions.
Note: The first and second oboe parts are published in separate volumes. Both books are required for performance of the duos and trio.
Practice should extend into the intervals of thirds, fourths and fifths. Work on the scales, chords and interrupted and returning scales in five and six sharps and flats, as well as chromatic scales and diminished chords should be in progress.
Continued study in this volume should encompass finishing the Gambaro studies in advanced speeds. The Dont etudes develop the ability to play larger intervals that require eye and ear coordination to maintain good tone. The expressive etudes should be analyzed so that they can be played with consummate style. The tonguing exercises strengthen the tongue and increase staccato speed and clarinet, while the trill and chromatic studies promote finger dexterity.
Study of these three movement Barret Sonatas focuses on refinement of musicianship, accuracy of reading and stability of performance. Intermediate in difficulty, they can supplement the Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 2, and are also appropriate for concert performance. The Alard studies provide a solid review of technique and articulation.
Kawarsky, Jay: Rejoice, O Young Man
Baird, Kenneth: Shadow
Dance and Lament
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