A Reed Blown in the Wind has
something for every player - novice, amateur or professional - from "How
to Start" to "How to Cheat!".
With a combination of humour and musical expertise, it brings a fresh approach to playing, practice and reed-making. Full of tips, shortcusts and anecdotes with cartoons, too, is the selection and care of an oboe, different playing styles and interpretations, and now to make "notes" into "music", all accompanied by music examples. And there is an invaluable reference list of useful addresses.
The oboe has been described as the most beautiful of woodwind instruments, but perhaps also the most difficult. In this book many headaches are dispelled.
"...What a treasure trove it is!...an attractive,
readable and informative book...every conservatoire library should have a copy
and so should everyone who plays and teaches the oboe." Winds
"...Every page is full of useful hints and tips, made more digestible by the inclusion of musical anecdotes collected from many players and illustrations in true 'Puffit' style." Musical Opinion
"Everything has been done to make each one of her 240 pages as useful as possible...well enough done to establish Whittow as an important contributor to oboe literature." Music Teacher
"...This thoroughly enjoyable book...is packed full of useful information, plenty of humour, and musical experiences which should give us all something to think about... No stone is left unturned in this fascinating book." ISM Music Journal
"...[This book] packs into its compass a huge amount of information...and presents it so delightfully that one hardly realises how much is being offered. Thoroughly recommended." The Musical Times
"...Marion Whittow's book...is nothing if not comprehensive. From blowing your first note to turning up for an engagement at the right time in the right place, she calls up the commanding voice of experience." Classical Music
"...[Marion Whittow's] text covers all aspects of being an oboist; beginning with making the first sounds and going on to discuss, among many topics, breathing, practice techniques, reed-making, repertoire and concert etiquette, there are even sections on concert dress and the building of the instrument...A vast amount of information is imparted without talking down; the advice comes as if from an enthusiastic and exceptionally well-informed friend." The Galpin Society