The Oboe

Overview

The oboe, including its earlier forms the shawm and the hautboy, is an instrument with a long and rich history. In this book two distinguished oboist-musicologists trace that history from its beginnings to the present time, discussing how and why the oboe evolved, what music was written for it, and which players were prominent.

Geoffrey Burgess and Bruce Haynes begin by describing the oboe’s prehistory and subsequent development out of the shawm in the mid-seventeenth century. ...

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Overview

The oboe, including its earlier forms the shawm and the hautboy, is an instrument with a long and rich history. In this book two distinguished oboist-musicologists trace that history from its beginnings to the present time, discussing how and why the oboe evolved, what music was written for it, and which players were prominent.

Geoffrey Burgess and Bruce Haynes begin by describing the oboe’s prehistory and subsequent development out of the shawm in the mid-seventeenth century. They then examine later stages of the instrument, from the classical hautboy to the transition to a keyed oboe and eventually the Conservatoire-system oboe. The authors consider the instrument’s place in Romantic and Modernist music and analyze traditional and avant-garde developments after World War II. Noting the oboe’s appearance in paintings and other iconography, as well as in distinctive musical contexts, they examine what this reveals about the instrument’s social function in different eras. Throughout the book they discuss the great performers, from the pioneers of the seventeenth century to the traveling virtuosi of the eighteenth, the masters of the romantic period and the legends of the twentieth century such as Gillet, Goossens, Tabuteau, and Holliger. With its extensive illustrations, useful technical appendices, and discography, this is a comprehensive and authoritative volume that will be the essential companion for every woodwind student and performer.

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Editorial Reviews

Early Music Today
"[This book] is very enjoyable to read and packed with information."—Gail Hennessy, Early Music Today

— Gail Hennessy

Muso

“A welcome addition to the oboe literature. . . . Burgess and Haynes draw on their vast experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the oboe to produce a book that will be invaluable to all players and enjoyable for the general reader.”—Rachel Pankhurst, Muso

— Rachel Pankhurst

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society

"The Oboe is notable for its scholarly integrity and breadth. . . . The book is a highly welcome addition to the publications on this topic currently available. It contains a huge amount of information, presented in a clear, lively, and interesting way."—Samantha Owens, Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society

— Samantha Owens

Muso - Rachel Pankhurst
“A welcome addition to the oboe literature. . . . Burgess and Haynes draw on their vast experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the oboe to produce a book that will be invaluable to all players and enjoyable for the general reader.”—Rachel Pankhurst, Muso

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society - Samantha Owens
"The Oboe is notable for its scholarly integrity and breadth. . . . The book is a highly welcome addition to the publications on this topic currently available. It contains a huge amount of information, presented in a clear, lively, and interesting way."—Samantha Owens, Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society
Early Music Today - Gail Hennessy
"[This book] is very enjoyable to read and packed with information."—Gail Hennessy, Early Music Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300100532
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Yale Musical Instrument Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Burgess, who has taught historical musicology at Duke University and SUNY, Stony Brook, is an active performing oboist. Bruce Haynes, who is associate professor at the University of Montreal, is a world renowned hautboist.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface: the authors in conversation
Abbreviations and editorial note
Introduction 1
1 The prehistory of the oboe 6
2 From consort oboe to 'eloquent' oboe, 1610-1680 27
3 The sprightly hautboy, 1680-1760 40
4 From Classical hautboy to keyed oboe, 1760-1825 85
5 From keyed oboe to the Conservatoire oboe, 1825-1880 125
6 From Romanticism to Modernism: the adoption and dissemination of the Conservatoire oboe, 1880 to 1950 170
7 The oboe in Romantic and Modernist music: cultural themes and implications 214
8 Diversifying streams since World War II: the traditional stream 249
9 Diversifying streams since World War II: from the avant-garde to Postmodernism 267
App. 1 Dimensions for ten reeds, 1691-c.1767 301
App. 2 Collation of fingering charts 302
App. 3 The use of keys on nineteenth-century oboes 304
Notes 309
Bibliography 347
Discography 374
Index 392
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