Published by Primary Source Microfilm
"Vital to the study of performing practice is the ready availability of authoritative instrumental tutors, which offer the most direct access to the fundamental techniques and interpretative ideals of their time. This commendable project includes a veritable treasure trove of titles, many of which will enable scholars and performers to extend their knowledge of the subject into the relatively uncharted waters of the 19th century." -- Dr. Robin Stowell, Music Department
University College, Cardiff (Author of, "Violin Techniques and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries")
Previous Title: The History of Musical Instruments: Manuals, Tutors and Méthodes
For those who make and research historical instruments, those who study authentic performance techniques, and musicologists interested in the correlation between the technology of instruments and the music written for them, this collection offers important documentation. International in scope, the collection includes many French, Russian and German tutors with parallel English texts. Music tutors were often issued by instrument makers to propagate the use of a new system of keys or valves, or to introduce hybrid novelty instruments. Music for beginners, fingering charts and diagrams, instructions for making and maintaining the instruments and exercises for performers are included.
Part One: Instrumental Tutors from the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, Oxford and the Private Library of Phillip Bate
Features 33 flute tutors, including Camus' Methode pour la Nouvelle Flute-Boehm, (c. 1840) and nine clarinet tutors including Iwan Muller's Methods pour la Nouvelle Clarinette el Clarinette-Alto (Paris, 1825). A large group of horn tutors helps scholars trace the evolution of the horn from its earliest forms to the modern valve system.
Part Two: Tutors and Méthodes from the F. J. Fetis Collection at the Bibliothéque Royal Albert ler, Brussels
Included more than 200 instrumental tutors focusing primarily on woodwind and brass instruments as well as tutors for violin, percussion, the harmonium and guitar.
A printed guide accompanies this collection and provides detailed descriptions of each tutor, including the date and place of publication and, when known, information on the writer and instrument in question.
Complete collection: 36 reels