Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy New Year & Pahud Masterclasses

Dear Flute Lovers,
 Happy New Year one and all! :>)
 I intend to come back to the endlessly interesting topic of "musical line" soon. Funnily enough, I spent some of of the holidays reading "How can you play the oboe if you can't peel a mushroom?" about Marcel Tabuteau. ha ha. So you just know I'm dedicated to uncovering all the best musical conundrums But meanwhile, thanks to an astute flute friend who alerted me to some new Pahud videos on youtube, why not listen to Pahud teach in New York?
These are great moments!
Here are two of the four edited videos.
Fabulously corroborative!
Lots of layers of skills at this level.
Comments welcome.

 Best, Jen

 Masterclass on Samuel Zyman's Flute Sonata:video.

 Lowell Liebermann's Flute Sonata:video.
Comments (6)
Anonymous Moana Kutsche said...

Jen -
I'm so pleased that you found the Tabuteau book interesting! I look forward to reading your thoughts on shaping a line and "placing notes on the wind". Thank goodness his pedagogical style is no longer in vogue!
- Moana Kutsche

Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks Moana, for writing. Indeed! Thank goodess his teaching style (which was dismissive, punitive, and required students to become trusted-family-dishwashers/house-cleaners, score-copying and reed-making acolytes) no longer exists. Quite frightening to read about modern music student slavery ha ha. eek. But he did instinctively know how to shape a line with great interest and creativity. I listened to his playing on the CD included with the book. I also have a Philadelphia "First Chair" recording where you hear William Kincaid play Griffes.........cont'd next comment down........

Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

cont'd: On the CD, Kincaid plays Giffes, then Tabuteau plays Handel G minor. I had read that the two men, sitting side by side for years, often argued about intonation, it is reported. Well you can hear why! Kincaid's intonation is completely fabulous, and yet the oboist insists on flattening certain pitches in the Handel for bars at a time, that it brings the whole orchestra to a completely new pitch reference. So it just goes to show you can be too individulistic in one area, and un-empathetic in another, and yet a perfect genius in a third. Tabuteau's strength was individual creativity in phrasing! Glad to gab on this topic. Jen

Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Jen..... It's been too long since we corresponded....How are you?..... So is the Tabuteau book worth getting> Best wishes, Susan

Sunday, January 12, 2014 6:31:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Sue,

Here's the book you really want to read if you want to know Tabuteau's numbering system:

Sound in Motion - A Performer's Guide to Greater Musical Expression, by David McGill.

In answer to your question: No, I wouldn't buy the "How Can you play the oboe" about life with Tabuteau. I just ordered it out of the library because I was trying to go to the main source for Tabuteau's famous numbering system. After speedreading through the huge hardcover "How can you play the oboe", like others, I was utterly dismayed at the way that some famous teachers behave (stealing their student's best reeds for a concert etc.)Mind you, the author and student went on to have an orchestral oboe career, so the treatment didn't hurt her career. Weird as that sounds when you type it. ha ha.

So read it if you want, but don't purchase it unless you're mad on huge books.

Sunday, January 12, 2014 6:38:00 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the information, Jen! Best wishes, Susan

Monday, January 13, 2014 8:19:00 PM


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