Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The progressive qualities of A.M.R. Barret's “Complete Method for the Oboe”
by Blecker, Sarah F., D.M., The Florida State University, 2011, 88; 3477194
Abstract (Summary)

Say the words ‘oboe’ and ‘method book’ in the same sentence, and invariably, the majority of musicians would think of one person: Apollon Marie-Rose Barret. His book is one of today's most widely-used methods for the education of young and experienced oboists alike. Written in 1850 and revised in 1862, it is the standard for oboe methods. And through it, Barret (1804-1879) established himself as a fixture in the oboe world. Often known simply as “the Barret” or “the Barret Book,” the method contains teachings, exercises, etudes, and solos that guide students through the basic elements of not just the oboe, but also of music.

As popular as Barret's book is, it is surprising how little literature thoroughly addresses it. Many books and papers mention Barret, but it is usually within the context of a broader subject. Beyond discussions of Barret, a number of authors have also edited and transcribed his Method. In order to further understand Barret's book more completely, this paper will focus on its contents and how they are organized.

This treatise outlines the life and works of A.M.R. Barret, as well as the background and progressive qualities of his Complete Method for the Oboe. The purpose here is to bring to light the educational foundation by which Barrett organized his teachings in order to understand why his method is still one of the primary educational tools used by oboists today. This paper shows why the method book has that value and how it is accomplished: through the progressive nature of the book's content. This progressive nature will be demonstrated by isolating two musical techniques and showing how they are utilized: first in isolation, and then in increasingly larger musical contexts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ohlsson, Eric P.
School: The Florida State University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Barret, A.M.R., Method books, Oboe music
Publication Number: 3477194
ISBN: 978-1-124-91868-6
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