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 baroque music?
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-12-09 23:58

Hi all!! I am working up movements 2 and 3 of the Marcello Oboe Concerto (Arr. Dishinger) for a contest. As a clarinetist, i have not played many baroque pieces, and stylistically, do not know how to approach the piece, i was hoping you guys could give feedback or advice on playing in a baroque style!

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2017-12-10 04:25

Why not listen to the original versions of these concertos played on the oboe by first class players.

This should teach you all you need to know about baroque style.

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2017-12-10 08:13

thank you caroline.

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2017-12-10 08:26

Marcell Ponseele plays the Marcello in d minor very stylishly here (on a Baroque oboe).

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: beejay 
Date:   2017-12-10 16:47

The answer to your prayer is Robert Donington's "Baroque Music, Style and Performance." If you cannot find it in a bookstore or library, you can borrow it for 14 days from If you read French, Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume's "Les secrets de la musique ancienne, Recherches su l'interpretation" is packed with practical playing examples. Then there is Arnold Dolmetch's "The Interpretation of the Music of the 17th and 18th Century," which has lavish detail about tempi, rhythmic alteration and ornaments.

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: MichaelW 
Date:   2017-12-10 19:47

Also, by recorder virtuoso and conductor Hans- Martin Linde: "Kleine Anleitung zum Verzieren alter Musik", in German, with many examples, Edition Schott 4758.

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: beejay 
Date:   2017-12-11 04:04

I also remembered Jean-Claude Veilhan's little treatise on baroque music, which I found online:
The relevant details from Dolmetsch are also online:
These methods are good as a general guide. But one thing you need to consider is the difference between Italian and French, or German, style in the 18th century.

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2017-12-13 04:06

The best book should be Albert Rice's book on Baroque clarinet. Anything by him should be very helpful. You can find it in a good research library or on Amazon.

Happy Holidays to you all.

(Mrs. Ken)

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 Re: baroque music?
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2017-12-14 01:10

Forgot to mention, Colin Lawson is an expert on Baroque chalumeau performance. The chalumeau was the antecedent of the clarinet proper. Google him. You should find some very good information.

-Mary Vinquist
(Mrs. Ken)

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