How do you expect to play the oboe if you can’t peel a mushroom?

Andria Brennan,  an oboist, CIM alumnae & library media assistant,  highly recommends this  recent addition to the Robinson Music Library’s collection.

Storch, Laila.  Marcel Tabuteau: How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can’t Peel a Mushroom? Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2008.  CIM Stacks ML 419.T116 St74m & CDc 12,842.

“This book is a page turning biography of Marcel Tabuteau as well as personal memoirs of Laila Storch. It contains important American classical music history as well as delightful stories recounted by many of Tabuteau’s well know students. The book begins as any other biography with a childhood history and then melds its way into a personal narrative of Storch’s lessons at the Curtis Institute of Music. Becoming close with the Tabuteau family while in school, Storch is able to keep relating history well after her years of study at Curtis.

A former student of Tabuteau, John Minsker, accurately describes the book’s importance for all musicians, saying of his teacher, “Marcel Tabuteau [was] one of the finest musicians and greatest teachers of his era and whose unique perspective profoundly influenced classical music for generations to follow.” Many musicians may not realize the scope of his teaching and how it has shaped music in America. This book is a must read for all musicians whether violinist, pianist or oboist.”


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