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David McGill has assembled an exhaustive study that uses the musical concepts of the legendary Marcel Tabuteau as a starting point from which to develop musical thought. McGill methodically explains the frequently misunderstood "Tabuteau number system" and its relationship to note grouping-the lifeblood of music. The controversial issue of baroque performance practice is a David McGill has assembled an exhaustive study that uses the musical concepts of the legendary Marcel Tabuteau as a starting point from which to develop musical thought. McGill methodically explains the frequently misunderstood "Tabuteau number system" and its relationship to note grouping-the lifeblood of music. The controversial issue of baroque performance practice is also addressed. Instrumentalists and vocalists alike will find that many of the ideas presented in this book will help develop their musicianship as well as their understanding of what makes a performance "musical."


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David McGill has assembled an exhaustive study that uses the musical concepts of the legendary Marcel Tabuteau as a starting point from which to develop musical thought. McGill methodically explains the frequently misunderstood "Tabuteau number system" and its relationship to note grouping-the lifeblood of music. The controversial issue of baroque performance practice is a David McGill has assembled an exhaustive study that uses the musical concepts of the legendary Marcel Tabuteau as a starting point from which to develop musical thought. McGill methodically explains the frequently misunderstood "Tabuteau number system" and its relationship to note grouping-the lifeblood of music. The controversial issue of baroque performance practice is also addressed. Instrumentalists and vocalists alike will find that many of the ideas presented in this book will help develop their musicianship as well as their understanding of what makes a performance "musical."

30 review for Sound in Motion: A Performer's Guide to Greater Musical Expression

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    Sound in Motion has been described (to me, informally) as a controversial book. How dare someone have the audacity to claim that musicality be taught or constructed intellectually? Right from the beginning McGill addresses (and dismisses) such attitudes that have historically stigmatized the effort to better understand music (and all art) by making a study of it. This alone was a breath of fresh air and gave me a great deal of respect for McGill up front. The meat of the book is note-grouping, Sound in Motion has been described (to me, informally) as a controversial book. How dare someone have the audacity to claim that musicality be taught or constructed intellectually? Right from the beginning McGill addresses (and dismisses) such attitudes that have historically stigmatized the effort to better understand music (and all art) by making a study of it. This alone was a breath of fresh air and gave me a great deal of respect for McGill up front. The meat of the book is note-grouping, phrasing and a scholarly approach towards interpretation that is highly expressive *because* it is harmonically, historically, and technically informed. The book is broken down into very digestible chapters that read like eloquent discussions one might have in a private lesson. McGill's personal tone is scholarly yet friendly, dryly humorous, and above all conveyed with a sense of warm-heartedness that belies a sincere love of teaching. The difficult or controversial topics such as vibrato or baroque music are handled frankly and honestly without the sense that there must be a "definitive" answer for every piece. Thanks to the organized layout and directness of each topic, it seems possible to use this book as an easy reference. Much of the content of this book will be intuitive to regular performers - many other topics may be intuitive but not yet fully embraced. Personally I've been extremely satisfied with my own playing after applying many of the ideas presented and, by the end of the book, McGill had so earned my trust that I'm going to try to listen to every recommended recording in the Appendix. I highly recommend this book to every classical musician with at least a basic understanding of music theory. It will take your playing to the next level.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Almeter

    Sound in motion is emotion in sound. What a truly incredible book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate Wegener

    Sound in Motion is without a doubt the most brilliant and comprehensive book on musical phrasing and musicianship that I have ever read - I was blown away by McGill's insight and thoughtfulness. You do need a basic understanding of music theory and the classical music repertoire to get the most out of this novel, but for any serious musician it is an essential read. Sound in Motion is without a doubt the most brilliant and comprehensive book on musical phrasing and musicianship that I have ever read - I was blown away by McGill's insight and thoughtfulness. You do need a basic understanding of music theory and the classical music repertoire to get the most out of this novel, but for any serious musician it is an essential read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I can see why so many musicians have talked about this book and rated it so highly. McGill gives many great insights for building one’s musical expressive abilities and musicality. This is an excellent read for any classical musician.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I heard from a colleague that this book was for someone who is in college and has not yet learned some of the all-around concepts for good wind playing. Part of that is true, but, as an adult musician, many years out of college, I actually found much useful information in this book; it freshened up so many things that I had forgotten or don't use in the types of orchestras that I play in. All of the main points of a good program of study in a wind instrument are in this book. I thought the boo I heard from a colleague that this book was for someone who is in college and has not yet learned some of the all-around concepts for good wind playing. Part of that is true, but, as an adult musician, many years out of college, I actually found much useful information in this book; it freshened up so many things that I had forgotten or don't use in the types of orchestras that I play in. All of the main points of a good program of study in a wind instrument are in this book. I thought the book was very well written. David McGill has an excellent way of delivering the information so that it comes out in a most elegant fashion. I haven't experienced his playing, yet, but I am sure he is a great bassoonist- He is the Principal Bassoon in the Chicago Symphony. I am so glad this is now part of the repertoire of books about good wind playing. I super-recommend it to anyone who is in a music program studying an orchestral instrument. If I was teaching college bassoon, I would require my students to buy this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

    Excellent! Amazing contribution by bassoonist David McGill. Very helpful for any musician, specially for woodwind players. Includes a good ammount of hints by other famous musicians, like Marcel Tabuteau (the great inspiration of McGill's musical thought), Fritz Kreisler, Maria Callas and Leopold Stokowski. Also a elucidative section about active listening to musical recordings by very special artists. Excellent! Amazing contribution by bassoonist David McGill. Very helpful for any musician, specially for woodwind players. Includes a good ammount of hints by other famous musicians, like Marcel Tabuteau (the great inspiration of McGill's musical thought), Fritz Kreisler, Maria Callas and Leopold Stokowski. Also a elucidative section about active listening to musical recordings by very special artists.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    There is so much thought-provoking and intriguing information in here it took me a while to read. And consequently, I forgot by the end what I had read in the beginning. Some of the concepts were inscrutable to the point I couldn't figure out where to go to find a basic explanation. I think this will be a good one to re-read on a regular basis. There is so much thought-provoking and intriguing information in here it took me a while to read. And consequently, I forgot by the end what I had read in the beginning. Some of the concepts were inscrutable to the point I couldn't figure out where to go to find a basic explanation. I think this will be a good one to re-read on a regular basis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joe Radtke

    This is a must read for any serious musician.

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    Richard Hickam

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