The Oboe and The Bassoon - Gunther JoppigLondon: B. T. Batsford, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, nick to the top corner of the upper panel with the price clipped. Gift inscription to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Musical scores;
From the cover: “In this succinct account Gunther Joppig not only details the growth of the oboe and the bassoon over the centuries from the single shawm of ancient Greece, medieval crum-horns and dulcians to modern Heckel and double bassoons, but also discusses their orchestral role today, and their increasing solo repertoire; he then reviews famous oboists and bassoonists of the past 200 years.
With illustrative material including numerous line-drawings, music examples and over 50 photographs including wall-paintings from ancient Egypt, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, and a wide range of instruments, the development of the instrument’s construction, tonal quality and playing technique is clearly and informatively documented. The changing role of the oboist and bassoonist in society is related, with accounts of such famous musicians as the eighteenth-century virtuoso Johann Christian Fischer who, as the leading European oboist of his day, was chamber musician at the court of King George III. Joppig also details the re-modelling of oboes and bassoons as new, imported materials such as ebony, ivory and boxwood were introduced in the seventeenth century.
The author includes modern developments and trends in the making and playing of the oboe and bassoon and, being a proficient player of these and other wind instruments, gives useful advice to those learning to play them.”