by Charles West


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The Woodwind Player’s Cookbook



This valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets all placed in one easy, quick-to-read source. Contributors to the book were even eager to get a look at each other’s ideas. With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite “recipes” that range from overviews of successful programs to specific topics that will inspire all levels and types of ensembles and performers. Sample “recipes” include:


  • Developing Facility on the Bass Clarinet
    J. Lawrie Bloom, Solo Bass Clarinetist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Breathing Demystified: A Recipe for Success
    Leone Buyse, Professor of Flute, Rice University; Former Principal Flute, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Recipe for Preventing Playing-Related Health Problems
    William J. Dawson, M.D. Northwestern University School of Medicine; Bassoonist
  • A Recipe for Jazz Improvisation
    Victor L. Goines, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern Uni versity, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Member
  • Developing a Flexible Oboe Embouchure
    James Mason, Principal Oboe, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra; Professor of Oboe, Wilfried Laurier University (Ontario)
  • A Gourmet Kitchen Does Not a Chef Make
    Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Former Principal Clarinet, Metropolitan Opera
  • Why Etudes? A Guide for Woodwind Players and Doublers
    Albert Regni, Principal Saxophonist, New York Philharmonic
  • How Should I Test a Saxophone Mouthpiece?
    Eugene Rousseau, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Saxophone, Indiana University; Artist Professor of Saxophone, University ofMinnesota
  • Reflections and Musings
    Himie Voxman, Former Director, University of Iowa School of Music; Prolific Author, Editor, Renowned Teacher



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