James Kopp & Associates
Reedmakers for Bassoon
TUTOR CHART ETUDE
Edited and with a foreword by James B. Kopp
Whitehall Press, 2012
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How did the early bassoon evolve, and how did early players go
about learning it? Written tutors, finger charts, and etudes reveal
the instrument’s design, capabilities, and performance practice
during a period of more than 200 years.
William Waterhouse spent decades accumulating information on
these works, and the full results of his researches are published
here for the first time. More than 120 documented publications
are described here, along with long-vanished publications and
helpful modern writings.
This handsome publication, illustrated with 13 facsimile drawings
of bassoons dating between 1780 and 1879, is essential for persons
studying the history of bassoon pedagogy, music education, or
early bassoon performance.
44 pages, 13 full-page illustrations, secondary bibliography;
29 x 15 mm.
William Waterhouse (1931-2007), one of the most respected
bassoonists of his generation, was a principal player in the London Symphony
Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Melos Ensemble.
Also a much admired teacher, mentor, organologist, collector, and writer,
he was the author of Bassoon (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides), The
New Langwill Index, and many articles on the bassoon and its makers,
players, and composers.