Today, I received an email containing two pieces that I need to prepare for Oboe Camp I’m attending at Wright State in July. One is Study No. 11, which can be found in “48 Studies for Oboe, Op.31,” by Franz Wilhelm Ferling. The second is an Solo Excerpt from a Violin Concerto composed by Johannes Brahms. I honestly wouldn’t have thought a year ago that I’d be playing pieces of music written by the likes of Brahms, Dvorak, or Copeland. It’s pretty cool actually, and I am truly finding happiness in my instrumental progression. I’ve got a long way to go, but I think I’m making some good progress.
Where I started off in Rubank’s Elementary Method, I’m now using “40 Rhythmical Studies” by Grover Yaus, and have started greater work in Albert Andraud’s “Practical and Progressive Oboe Method.” Rhythm still continues to be my weakness, and frankly I hate the metronome and hence do not work with it as I should be doing. I also need to work technically and increase the speed with which I play passages, especially eighth notes… so a continual work in progress as it goes. But.. it’s been a year about about three months since I first picked up an oboe.
Inn other music notes, I am also working on Arcangelo Corelli’s “Sarabande,” while searching for a counterpoint piece to play for my audition in the fall. That and my scale work, today being Ab Major…. yes, four flats… fun. So it’s not that I am suffering for things to play.