Léon Goossens and Edwin Roxburgh
Introduction by Yehudi Menuhin

Léon Goossens, the legendary virtuoso soloist, and contemporary composer/oboist Edwin Roxburgh provide their own unique perspective of the Oboe throughout history in this informative, authoritative and highly entertaining guide. Extensive appendices cover manufacturers, repertoire, fingering charts, bibliography and discography.







The talent and experience of the legendary virtuoso, Léon Goossens, with that of the contemporary composer, conductor and oboist, Edwin Roxburgh combine to produce this comprehensive handbook for the oboe. The history of the instrument is followed by illuminating chapters on baroque, classical, romantic and twentieth century music. The mark of Goossens’ long experience as an international soloist is woven into every page, whether in his observations about great soloists of the past or in pertinent views on modern recording methods. Edwin Roxburgh contributes a detailed explanation of extemporization and ornamentation in eighteenth-century music as well as an optimistic review of new developments in oboe playing and modern music. For the student, there is a whole section on reed making and performing techniques together with detailed advice for teachers. Extensive appendices cover manufacturers, repertoire, fingering charts, bibliography and discography.



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About the Author

Léon Goossens was born in Liverpool into a highly-talented musical family. He played under Henry Wood and was taken on by Sir Thomas Beecham for the newly founded London Symphony Orchestra. He was widely regarded as one of the foremost oboists in the world, bringing together the best of both the French and the German styles of playing.
Edwin Roxburgh studied oboe and composition at the Royal College of Music. He was appointed principal oboist at the Sadler’s Wells Opera and teaches composition and conducting at the RCM.


Introduction by Yehudi Menuhin
Authors’ Prefaces
Part One – History
1. Early History up to 1800
2. Introduction to the Mechanised Oboe
Part Two – The Reed and the Oboist
3. The Reed
4. General Aspects of Modern Technique
Part Three – The Music
5. Playing Baroque Music
6. Playing Classical Music
7. Playing Romantic Music
8. 20th Century Music
9. The Contemporary World
1. List of Manufacturers
2. The Oboe Repertoire
3. Fingering Charts
4. Bibliography
5. Discography


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