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Orchestral Excerpts for Oboe

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    1. Composers: Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Mahler, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, Gioachino Rossini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, Georges Bizet, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms, Bedřich Smetana, Modest Mussorgsky, Béla Bartók, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuel Barber, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven
    2. Editor: John Ferrillo
    3. Piano reduction: Martha Rearick
    4. Format: Solo Part with Piano Reduction
    5. Instrumentation: Piano Reduction, Oboe
    6. ISBN: 978-1-59806-008-9
    7. Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches

    John Ferrillo, Principal Oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, knows the agony, the angst, and the anticipation of the audition arena. His overview of his own experiences and his advice is fascinating reading. Ferrillo also goes into some detail on the use of "long-tone exercises" and "melodic simplification," techniques you can use in everyday music-making. Also included is his advice on "Baroque and Classical Performance Practice," invaluable insights from an expert.

    With this foundation, Ferrillo presents the most-often-requested audition pieces, all of which you should know. Throughout, he gives his thoughts on the preparation, presentation and performance of each excerpt. As with the other books in our Orchestral Excerpts line, the oboe solo parts are faithfully reproduced in the most-often-used editions. But these are the editions from which you would be expected to play. Martha Rearick has transcribed the orchestral background into studio rehearsal accompaniments, retaining the flavor and dynamics of the instruments surrounding the oboe parts. All of it is geared toward maximizing your practice time and building the confidence you need as you approach your orchestral opportunity.