Type of Document Treatise Author Schaub, Christopher Glenn Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04102006-193205 Title An Analyis and New Edition of Julius Weissenborn's Method for Bassoon Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jeff Keesecker Committee Chair Eric Ohlsson Committee Member Frank Kowalsky Committee Member Peter Spencer Committee Member Keywords
- Bassoon Pedagogy
- Bassoon Performance
- Bassoon Tutor
Date of Defense 2006-03-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractJulius Weissenborn’s Practical Method for Bassoon is widely regarded as the best comprehensive bassoon method book for private instruction. It was originally published in 1887, one year before the famous bassoonist’s death. Since that time, it has been revised many times by several different editors throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Weissenborn’s original edition and all revised editions are out of date. Of the two current editions, the most popular version was first published in 1930, although much of its material comes from earlier editions. Many important approaches regarding the bassoon’s performance practice and pedagogy have changed since then. Additionally, the fingering charts provided in both current editions are missing keys found on current models and have numerous errors.
Modern philosophies in music pedagogy reveal that Weissenborn’s method, in both its original and revised forms, has many deficiencies. These problems include poor concept sequencing and a shortage of explanatory text, to name a few. Moreover, current editions of the method contain many editing errors and inconsistencies.
This treatise has three purposes: to present a background on the life of Julius Weissenborn and his Practical Method for Bassoon, to pedagogically analyze the method, and to propose a revised edition.
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