Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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The most popular étude books for oboe in use today are Ferling’s 48 Studies (1840) and Barret’s Complete Method for Oboe (1850). Many earlier and later collections exist, but most oboists only study from these two. This monograph uses four main criteria to choose sample études from various other collections and compile them into a single étude book. These criteria include: representation of major style periods; quotations from famous excerpts for oboe or difficult passages therefrom; illustration of mechanical improvements of the time and location; and alternatives to the standard canon in established pedagogy. Thirteen études, arranged chronologically, were selected for this collection, running from the earliest known tutor for the oboe, The Sprightly Companion (1695), to twentieth-century atonal études. Each étude is accompanied by commentary that includes biographical information on the composer, an assessment of his historical contribution, general observations about the collection from which the sample was taken, an analysis of the selected étude, and performance remarks. The études themselves appear in an appendix. The resulting study can be used as a teaching device in an undergraduate or graduate course of study or as an illustrated guide to the history of the oboe étude. In bringing attention to these little known études, I hope to encourage oboists, both students and teachers, to enrich their studies with valuable pedagogical material from the past.



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Cox, Johanna



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