David McGill has assembled an exhaustive study that uses the musical concepts of the legendary Marcel Tabuteau as a starting point from which to develop musical thought. McGill methodically explains the frequently misunderstood "Tabuteau number system" and its relationship to note grouping-the lifeblood of music. The controversial issue of baroque performance practice is also addressed. Instrumentalists and vocalists alike will find that many of the ideas presented in this book will help develop their musicianship as well as their understanding of what makes a performance "musical."
Grammy winning bassoonist, David McGill, has served as principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1997. He has also served as principal of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Tulsa Philharmonic. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1985), he has taught at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities in Chicago, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Toronto. He has given master classes in Finland, Hungary, and across the United States and Canada.
Contents<\> Preface Acknowledgments Part 1. A Style Is Born Part 2. What Is Music? Fun? Magic? Feeling? Talent? Selflessness? Professionalism Motion Part 3. Note Grouping Sound Writing (?) What Is Note Grouping? Basic Grouping Harmonic Grouping Rhythmic Grouping Motivic Grouping Range and Scaling The Tabuteau Number System Why Does Grouping Sound Natural? Part 4. The Larger Picture Sound Connection Type and Function Skeletal Structure What Is Phrasing? Repetition What Is Line? The Four Elements of Music Part 5. Wind Techniques Breathing The Long Tone The Singing Interval The Fingers Scales Using the Wind Articulation Part 6. Controversy Tone Intonation Vibrato Ornaments Was There a Baroque Style of Playing? Music Speaks Portato: Herald of a New Romanticism "Technique" vs. "Musicality" Part 7. The Profession Practicing Auditioning Orchestral Protocol Performing Accompanying Teaching Part 8. The Search Postscript Appendix 1. Recommended Recordings Appendix 2. Further Study Appendix 3. To Clip or Not to Clip Notes Bibliography Index About the Author