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Bassoon Reed Making


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Part I: The History of Bassoon Pedagogy
1. Pedagogic Methods 1687-1803
An Oral Tradition
The Performer/Author: Cugnier and Ozi
The Founding of the Paris Conservatoire
2. Pedagogic Methods 1803-1887
Ozi's Nouvelle methode de basson (1803) and Froehlich's Vollstandige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (1811)
Almenraeder's Die Kunst des Fagottblasens, oder, Vollstandige theoretische praktische, Fagottschule (1843) and Jancourt's Methode theorique et pratique pour le basson (1845)
Weissenborn's Praktische Fagott-Schule (1887)
Part II: The History of Bassoon Reed Making
3. Instrument Maker/Reed Maker
The Era of Long Lasting Reeds
Changing Demands: The Performer/Reed Maker Emerges
4. Performer/Reed Maker
Etienne Ozi: Transitional Figure
The Standardization of the Bassoon
Part III: The History of Bassoon Reed-Making Pedagogy
5. Pedagogic Methods 1687-1787
A Lineage
Cugnier's "Le Basson" (1780) and Ozi's Methode nouvelle et raisonnee pour le bassoon (1787)
6. The Birth of Reed-Making Pedagogy
Ozi's Nouvelle methode (1803)
7. Pedagogic Methods 1803-1843
Froehlich's Vollstandige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (1811)
Almenraeder's Die Kunst des Fagottblasens oder Vollstandige theoretisch praktische Fagottschule (1843)
8. Pedagogic Methods 1844-1887
Willent-Bordogni's Methode complete pour le bassoon (1844) and Jancourt's Methode theorique et pratique pour le basson (1847)
International Pedagogies
Weissenborn's Praktische Fagott-Schule (1887)
Part IV: Bassoon Reed-Making Pedagogy in Twentieth Century America
9. The Modern Era: The Secrecy of Reed Making
10. Researcher/Pedagogue: Louis Skinner
11. Reed Maker/Innovator: Don Christlieb
12. Artist/Scholar I: Norman Herzberg
13: Artist/Scholar II: Lewis Hugh Cooper
Appendix 1. Reed Notes: Don Christlieb (1945)
Appendix 2. Herzberg Bassoon Reed Exam
Appendix 3. Cooper's Reed Contribution System
Appendix 4. Timeline of Relevant Publications and Events in the History of Bassoon Reed Making Pedagogy

About the Author

Christin M. Schillinger is an internationally recognized bassoon performer, scholar and pedagogue. Her solo albums, Bassoon Transcended (2013) and Bassoon Surrounded (2009) on the MSR Classics label display her advocacy for living composers.


"Unique in its scope and breadth, and thus stands alone as a general history of reed making pedagogy." -Dennis Michel, Bassoonist, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Head of Woodwinds in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

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