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Introduction


Music Exams
  1. Oboe
    1. I scraped a pass at ABRSM Grade V when at school.
    2. I was working towards Trinity Guildhall Grade VI when I first took lessons (in 2008-10)
    3. As of September 2018 I’ve re-started oboe lessons with my former teacher. I’m now working towards Trinity Grade VI-VII, and am in much better shape than last time round because – colds apart – I’m endeavouring to practice an hour a day.
    4. While my intention is take the oboe practical exams under the auspices of Trinity College London, I retain the possibility – if I get to pass practical Grade VIII – of taking ABRSM Music Theory Grade V as this would allow me to take the ABRSM versions of the oboe practicals. To take ABRSM Grade VI and above, it is necessary to pass ABRSM Grade V Music Theory; Music ‘O’ Level is not enough. Trinity Guildhall places no such restriction.
    5. Grade VI Oboe was pencilled in for July 2019, but I’ve decided to prepare for Grade VII first for two reasons – firstly to make myself more comfortable with Grade VI but secondly to give myself more time to improve my sight-reading and oral skills.
  2. Piano
    1. I was working towards Trinity Guildhall Grade II when I first took lessons (in 2008-10).
  3. Theory
    1. I scraped Music ‘O’ Level at school.

Music Exams – Websites
  1. Oboe:
    1. Trinity:
      Trinity: Woodwind Exams (https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=1052)
      Trinity: Woodwind Syllabus 2017-2020 (download) (https://www.trinitycollege.com/resource/?id=7385)
      Trinity: Music Grades Syllabus Supplement (download) (https://www.trinitycollege.com/resource/?id=7700)
      Trinity: Oboe Grade VI Syllabus 2017-2020 - Shop (http://shop.trinitycollege.com/shop/syllabus/syllabus?boardid=12407&grade=6&syllabusid=300)
      Trinity: About Graded Exams (https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=1046)
      Trinity: Supporting Tests (Aural & Sight-Reading) (https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3173)
      Trinity: Assessment Criteria (download) (https://www.trinitycollege.com/resource/?id=4767)
    2. ABRSM
      ABRSM: Oboe Exams (https://us.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/woodwind-exams/oboe-exams/)
      → Other links to be followed up when relevant.
  2. Piano: Not yet relevant.

Music Exams – Oboe YouTube Videos
  1. Trinity Grade VI:
    1. Boni – Sonata in G, 1st Movement: Preludio – Largo
      YouTube: Boni – Sonata in G, Preludio (Live: Anamarija Vuga: 6th class student) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvkuebIlG-E)
      YouTube: Boni – Sonata in G, Preludio (Live: Pascal Jean) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPd7O0Jxs8M)
    2. Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe
      YouTube: Gabriel's Oboe (Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WJhax7Jmxs)
      YouTube: Gabriel's Oboe (Maja Łagowska) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtE3hoR_Nvo)
    3. Nielsen – Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2: Romance
      YouTube: Carl Nielsen - Two Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano Op. 2 (Recording) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOVr80KSUJM)
      YouTube: Carl Nielsen - Two Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano Op. 2 (Live, Nicholas Stovall, Texas) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjCH_bGlO84)
  2. Trinity Grade VII:
    1. Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9.2: 1st Movement
      YouTube: Albinoni – Concerto in D minor, Op. 9.2 (Live: Pijus Paškevičius, 10 yrs, Vilnius) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJBUai5kvkU)
      YouTube: Albinoni – Concerto in D minor, Op. 9.2 (Live: Han de Vries/Alma Musica Amsterdam) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfExK5Okrkg)
      YouTube: Albinoni – Concerto in D minor, Op. 9.2 (Recording) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjgndGuy77o)
      YouTube: Albinoni – Concerto in D minor, Op. 9.2 (Live: Aldo Salvetti, London) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLxJLrjvl8A)
    2. Nielsen – Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2: Humoresque
      YouTube: Carl Nielsen - Two Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano Op. 2 (Recording) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOVr80KSUJM)
      YouTube: Carl Nielsen - Two Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano Op. 2 (Live, Nicholas Stovall, Texas) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjCH_bGlO84)
    3. Fiocco – Arioso
      YouTube: Fiocco – Arioso (Recording: Harry Schulman) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdezFJaaym4)
      YouTube: Fiocco – Arioso (Live: Jozsef Egyed, Hungary) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3kvdxTRr4A)
      YouTube: Fiocco – Arioso (Live: Aidan's Recital) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dlUB6lXoq0)
      YouTube: Fiocco – Arioso (Recording: Leon Goossens) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei5O8S_W4ZA)
    4. Cimarosa – Oboe Concerto: 1st & 4th Movements
      YouTube: Cimarosa – Oboe Concerto (Recording) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSFh1ggfYbc)
      YouTube: Cimarosa – Oboe Concerto (Live: François Leleux, Hong Kong) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elN81gwyBUg)
      YouTube: Cimarosa – Oboe Concerto (Live: Teodora Pejasinovic, Belgrade) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEQS9BBUnQ)
      YouTube: Cimarosa – Oboe Concerto (Live: Francesco Quaranta) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-__D3b-ouqs)
    5. Head – Presto for Oboe & Piano
      YouTube: Head – Presto for Oboe & Piano (Recording: Michael Head!) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfy9exzF0_I)
      YouTube: Head – Presto for Oboe & Piano (Live: Emi Ostrom) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEnSPk3YxY4)
      YouTube: Head – Presto for Oboe & Piano (Recording: Katsuya Watanabe) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sLqoYStK_I)
    6. Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano, Op. 94 – I or III
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Live: Christoph Hartmann) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyLr0hbveKk); Romance III starts at 7:50
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Live: Albrecht Mayer) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOGvHTXY2Us); Romance III starts at 12:10
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Recording: François Leleux) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3515WvykU8); Romance III starts at 7:45
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Live: Marin Tinev) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ueejhbKBjo); Romance III starts at 8:25
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Live: Olivier Stankiewicz) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Zuz3RXvg8); Romances I & II only
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Live: Céline Moinet) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okpT1BjtFgc); Romance I only
      YouTube: Schumann – Three Romances for Oboe & Piano (Recording: Holliger/Brendel) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zy3Mqhd1rc); Romance I only

Resources
  1. Sheet Music and Books on Music are summarised in the following lists:-
  2. A useful site for listening to practice pieces is Spotify (https://www.spotify.com/uk/).
  3. Time spent since I (re-)started playing these instruments is recorded in my database (as pseudo-Books/Papers) at the following links:-

Detailed Progress & Works Played
  1. Oboe:
    1. My oboe expertise has improved greatly with practice, and I have much less trouble with breath-control, and with playing for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch. I can now fairly comfortably play for the full hour of my oboe lesson.
    2. Strangely, I’d never thought the oboe needed to be tuned against the piano, nor was I quite as clear how to vary the pitch so much by controlling the reed. So, I guess that’s progress.
    3. My focus continues to be on the mechanics of breathing, reed-control and tone, but is now moving on into other areas of musicality.
    4. Lessons:
      • 38 from April 2008 to September 2010.
      • 21 from September 2018 – May 2019 (on-going)
    5. Practice & Exam pieces for the oboe4:
    6. Sight-reading:-
    7. Also some elementary scales (C major; D major and minor; F major; and G major and minor; E-flat major). Now using:-
      1. "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
      2. "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
    8. Technique:-
      1. Some re-engineering of the fingering for top C# and D – and now D#, E & F – I’m beginning to get used to these, which is an advance over my school days.
      2. Read and tried to apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      3. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
      4. Read "Goossens (Leon) & Roxburgh (Edwin) - Oboe (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guide)".
    9. Violin Books, played on the oboe:-
      1. "Bach (J.S.), Szeryng (Henryk) - Sonatas and Partitas: For Solo Violin",
      2. "Jones (Edward Huws) - Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes: Traditional Fiddle Tunes from England, Ireland & Scotland",
      3. "Jones (Edward Huws) - The Celtic Fiddler",
      4. "Jones (Edward Huws) - The Klezmer Fiddler: Jewish Music of Celebration".
    10. Enigma Ensemble:-
      • Classical
        1. Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody
        2. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
        3. Bizet: Carmen Fantasy
        4. Boccherini: Minuet & Trio
        5. Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
        6. East (arr): Three Traditional Tunes
        7. Elgar: Chanson de Matin
        8. Gershwin: Summertime
        9. Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
        10. Grieg: Peer Gynt
        11. Handel: Forrest Music; Water Music
        12. Haydn / Brahms: St. Anthony Chorale
        13. Morgan / Traditional: Hullabaloobelay!
        14. Mozart: Papageno's Song (Magic Flute)
        15. Monteverdi: Three Pieces from the Operas
        16. Music of the Court of Henry VIII
        17. Offenbach: Barcarolle from “The Tales of Hoffmann”; Gallop
        18. Purcell: Popular Pieces
        19. Purcell / Clarke: Trumpet Tunes
        20. Ravell: Pavane pour une enfante defunte
        21. Schubert: Marche Militaire, Rosamunde (Ballet)
        22. Sousa: Marches, The Liberty Bell
        23. Strauss: The Blue Danube, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
        24. Susato: Danserye
        25. Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Swans, Waltz of the Flowers
        26. Verdi: Rigoletto – La Donna E Mobile
        27. Vivaldi: Two themes from The Seasons (Autumn, Winter)
      • Semi-Classical
        1. Blake / Hare: Snowman – Walking in the Air
        2. Cameron: Cumbria
        3. Joplin: Rags
        4. Lloyd Webber: Requiem – Pie Jesu
        5. Schonberg: Les Miserables – I Dreamed a Dream
        6. Vangelis: Chariots of Fire
      • Popular
        1. Boyle: Music for a Western
        2. Frazer: Sloop John B
        3. Grainer: Old Ned (Steptoe & Son)
        4. Holder / Lea: Merry Christmas Everybody
        5. Lennon / McCartney: Eleanor Rigby, Mull of Kintyre, When I’m 64, Yesterday
        6. Sutherland: Sailing
        7. Traditional: Christmas Bonanza, Jingle Bell Rock
        8. Trombey: Eye Level
  2. Piano:
    1. I started studying Piano in July 2008, but have not really persisted.
    2. Lessons: 31 from July 2008 to September 2010.
    3. I reached the end of Book 1 of "Barratt (Carol) - The Classic Piano Course (Omnibus Edition: Books 1, 2 & 3)" in December 2008. Final piece: Fur Elise.
    4. From January – August 2009 I was assigned a Grade 2/3 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 2)" – items as below.
      • Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach,
      • Corelli – Gavotte,
      • Burgmuller – Arabesque,
      • Beethoven – Sonatina in G,
      • Tchaikovsky – Italian Song,
      • Beethoven – Ecossaise,
      • Couperin – Carnival,
      • Schumann – Melody,
      • Schumann – The Wild Horseman,
      • Kabalevsky - Waltz.
    5. From September 2009 – September 2010 I was assigned a Grade 3/4 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 3)" – items as below.
      • Clowns [Kabalevsky, Dmitri]
      • Ecossaise [Weber, Carl Maria Von]
      • First Loss [Schumann, Robert]
      • Little Prelude in C [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
      • Puppet's Complaint [Franck, Cesar]
      • Rondo [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]
      • The Mechanical Doll (Six Children's Pieces) [Shostakovich, Dmitri]
      • Waltz [Schubert, Franz]
    6. "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 2":
      • Biehl: Allegro Grazioso from Sonatina in C, Op. 57 No. 1.
    7. "ABRSM - Scales, Arpeggios & Broken Chords: Piano Grade 2".
    8. "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano".
    9. "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
  3. Aural:
    1. "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3",
    2. "ABRSM - Aural Training in Practice, Book 3, Grades 6-8 + 3 CDs",
    3. "ABRSM - Specimen Aural Tests: Grades 1-5",
    4. "ABRSM - Specimen Aural Tests: Grade 6 with CD",
    5. "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 1 (Initial to Grade 5) 2017",
    6. "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 2 (Grades 6 to 8) 2017",
    7. "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch".
  4. Music Theory:
    1. Theory Theory:
      1. "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1",
      2. "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2".
    2. Theory Practice:
      1. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
      2. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
      3. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
      4. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4",
      5. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5".
    3. Theory Answers:
      1. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 1",
      2. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 2",
      3. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 3",
      4. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 4",
      5. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 5".



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • In any case, it clashes with Chess!
Footnote 4:
  • Or arranged for, or simply played on, the oboe.
  • Usually set by my oboe teacher.


Note last updated: 08/06/2019 19:46:34



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