Bassoon Reed Making

Bassoon Reed Making

A Pedagogic History
Schillinger, Christin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Format: Hardback 20 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01815-1
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Withheld by leading pedagogues in an effort to control competition, the art of reed making in the early 20th century has been shrouded in secrecy, producing a generation of performers without reed making fluency. While tenets of past decades remain in modern pedagogy, Christin Schillinger details the historical pedagogical trends of bassoon reed making to examine the impact different methods have had on the practice of reed making and performance today. Schillinger traces the pedagogy of reed making from the earliest known publication addressing bassoon pedagogy in 1687 through the publication of Julius Weissenborn’s Praktische Fagott-Schule and concludes with an in-depth look at contemporary methodologies developed by Louis Skinner, Don Christlieb, Norman Herzberg, and Lewis Hugh Cooper. Aimed at practitioners and pedagogues of the bassoon, this book provides a deeper understanding of the history and technique surrounding reed-making craft and instruction.

Author Bio

Christin M. Schillinger is an internationally recognized bassoon performer, scholar and pedagogue. Her solo albums, Bassoon Transcended (2013) and Bassoon Surrounded (2009) on the MSR Classics label display her advocacy for living composers.


Unique in its scope and breadth, and thus stands alone as a general history of reed making pedagogy.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The History of Bassoon Pedagogy
1. Pedagogic Methods 1687-1803
An Oral Tradition
The Performer/Author: Cugnier and Ozi
The Founding of the Paris Conservatoire
2. Pedagogic Methods 1803-1887
Ozi’s Nouvelle méthode de basson (1803) and Fröhlich’s Vollständige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (1811)
Almenraeder’s Die Kunst des Fagottblasens, oder, Vollständige theoretische praktische, Fagottschule (1843) and Jancourt’s Méthode théorique et pratique pour le basson (1845)
Weissenborn’s Praktische Fagott-Schule (1887)
Part II: The History of Bassoon Reed Making
3. Instrument Maker/Reed Maker
The Era of Long Lasting Reeds
Changing Demands: The Performer/Reed Maker Emerges
4. Performer/Reed Maker
Etienne Ozi: Transitional Figure
The Standardization of the Bassoon
Part III: The History of Bassoon Reed-Making Pedagogy
5. Pedagogic Methods 1687-1787
A Lineage
Cugnier’s "Le Basson" (1780) and Ozi’s Méthode nouvelle et raisonnée pour le bassoon (1787)
6. The Birth of Reed-Making Pedagogy
Ozi’s Nouvelle méthode (1803)
7. Pedagogic Methods 1803-1843
Fröhlich’s Vollständige theoretisch-praktische Musikschule (1811)
Almenraeder’s Die Kunst des Fagottblasens oder Vollständige theoretisch praktische Fagottschule (1843)
8. Pedagogic Methods 1844-1887
Willent-Bordogni’s Méthode complète pour le bassoon (1844) and Jancourt’s Méthode theorique et pratique pour le basson (1847)
International Pedagogies
Weissenborn’s Praktische Fagott-Schule (1887)
Part IV: Bassoon Reed-Making Pedagogy in Twentieth Century America
9. The Modern Era: The Secrecy of Reed Making
10. Researcher/Pedagogue: Louis Skinner
11. Reed Maker/Innovator: Don Christlieb
12. Artist/Scholar I: Norman Herzberg
13: Artist/Scholar II: Lewis Hugh Cooper
Appendix 1. Reed Notes: Don Christlieb (1945)
Appendix 2. Herzberg Bassoon Reed Exam
Appendix 3. Cooper’s Reed Contribution S

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