Books

The following books/eBooks contain information about Marcel Tabuteau and/or are related to aspects of his teaching. The original publication dates are noted, but some have been republished. When available, page numbers are indicated where Tabuteau is referenced. Some books texts have been excerpted showing only Tabuteau related material. If there are other books that deserve to be added to the list below, please click Submissions.


Ardoin, John. The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Century of Music. Philadelphia (PA): Temple University Press, 1999. ISBN-10: 156639712X; ISBN-13: 978-1566397124.

Bendiner, Alfred. Music to My Eyes. Philadelphia (PA): National Publishing Company, 1952. (See ‘Caricatures’ under Original Artwork.)

Burgess, Geoffrey and Bruce Haynes. The Oboe. New Haven (CT): Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN: 0300093179; 9780300093179. Reprinted in 2010: ISBN-10: 0300100531; ISBN-13: 978-0300100532. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 195, 198-202, 206-207, 248, 256, 264, 281, 384.

Frederiksen, Brian. Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind. Gurnee (IL): Windsong Press Ltd, 1996. ISBN-10: 0965248909; ISBN-13: 978-0965248907.

Gast, Beverly Shaffer. Angel in Black: A Musical Life in Letters, 1925-1973 (Elaine Shaffer). Trafford Publishing, 2011. ISBN-10: 9781426974854; ISBN-13: 978-1426974854. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 12, 15.

Hall, David and Levin, Abner. The Disc Book. New York (NY): Long Player Publications, Inc., 1955. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 253, 254, 259, 263.

Hartenberger, Russell. Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.         ISBN-10: 9781107151505; ISBN-13: 978-1107151505.

Keller, Hermann. Phrasing and Articulation. New York (NY): W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1965. ASIN: B0012L8NE6. Republished in 1973: ISBN-10: 0393006816; ISBN-13: 978-0393006810.

Kraus, Marsha Hansen. George Szell’s Reign: Behind the Scenes with the Cleveland Orchestra. Champagne-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017. ISBN-10: 0252041313; ISBN-13: 978-0252041310.

Krell, John. Kincaidiana. Culver City (CA): Trio Associates, 1973. Tabuteau referenced on pp. ix, 30, 35, 36, 41, (concepts discussed throughout). 2nd Edition: National Flute Association Inc., 1997. ISBN-10: 0965790401; ISBN-13: 978-0965790406.

Kupferberg, Herbert. Those Fabulous Philadelphians: The Life and Times of a Great Orchestra. New York (NY): Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1969.  ISBN-10: 0491003943; ISBN-13: 978-0491003940. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 39, 80, 81, 159, 210, (also three photos with his image).

Ledet, David A. Oboe Reed Styles: Theory and Practice. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000. ASIN: 0253213924; ISBN-10: 9780253213921; ISBN-13: 9780253213921. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 158-160.

McGill, David. Sound in Motion: A Performer’s Guide to Greater Musical Expression. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 0253219264; ISBN-13: 9780253219268. Tabuteau’s concepts highlighted throughout.

O’Connell, Charles. The Victor Book of the Symphony. New York (NY): Simon and Schuster, 1935. Tabuteau’s photo appears in the First Edition only following page 10.

Philip, Robert. Performing Music in the Age of Recording. New Haven (CT): Yale University Press, 2004. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 95, 200. ISBN-10: 0300215266; ISBN-13: 978-0300215267.

Robinson, Joseph. Long Winded. Chicago: Joshua Tree Publishing, 2018. ISBN-10: 1941049540; ISBN-13: 978-1941049549. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 46, 78, 81, 97, 109, 110, 140-148, 151, 154-177, 191-192, 200, 202, 213, 246-247, 248, 252-253, 259, 265, 275, 284, 307, 312, 314-315, 334, 348, 351.

Salter, Graham. Understanding the Oboe Reed. Glasgow (Scotland): Bearsden Music, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-9571555-3-4. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 24, 48, 89, 140-142, 194, 195, 366, 409, 411, 412, 413, 492, 507.

Siegel, Adrian. Concerto For Camera. Philadelphia (PA): Philadelphia Orchestra Association, 1972. (See ‘Adrian Siegel: Concerto for Camera in the Photo Gallery.) Tabuteau referenced on p. 18, (Tabuteau photos on pp. 21, 26, 43, 110, 198, 203).

Schuring, Martin. Oboe: Art & Method. New York (NY): Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN-10: 0195374576; ISBN-13: 978-0195374575.

Storch, Laila. Marcel Tabuteau: How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can’t Peel a Mushroom? Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. ISBN-10: 0253349494; ISBN-13: 9780253349491.  3rd printing (2017) is in paperback*: ISBN: 978-0-253-03267-6. *CD audio accessible online. Tabuteau highlighted throughout.

Swiney, Alvin & Sublett, Shelly. The Oboe Adjustment and Tuning Guide of W. Hans Moennig. Virginia Beach: Affordable Music Company, 1972.

Thurmond, James Morgan. Note Grouping: A Method for Achieving Expression and Style in Musical Performance. Camp Hill (PA): JMT Publications, 1982. ASIN: B000NGT52K. Reprinted: Meredith Music Publications, 2000. ISBN-10: 0942782003; ISBN-13: 978-0942782004. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 10, 14, 117-119, (concepts discussed throughout).

Toff, Nancy. The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers. New York (NY): Oxford University Press, 1985, 1996, 2012. ISBN-10: 0195373081; ISBN-13: 978-0195373080.

Welsh, Mary Sue. One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Champagne-Urbana (IL): University of Illinois Press, 2013. ISBN-10: 0252037367; ISBN-13: 978-0252037368. Tabuteau referenced on pp. 51, 75, 85, 99, 103, 107, 123, 130, 144, 146, 147, 151, 152, 156-157, 204, 233, 240, (one Tabuteau photo).

The books below do not reference Marcel Tabuteau but contain information closely aligned with his concepts. 

Capet, Lucien. Technique de l’Archet. in German as Die Höhere Bogentechnik. Leipzig: Otto Junne GMBH, 1927.  https://musopen.org/sheetmusic/32622/lucien-capet/la-technique-superieure-de-larchet/

Lussy, Mathis. Musical Expression. Trans. by M.E. von Glehn. 4th ed. London: Novello Ewer and Co., 1892.  https://archive.org/details/musicalexpressio00lussuoft

Riemann, Hugo Katechismus der Phrasierung, Leipzig, 1890, 2nd edition Vademecum der Phrasierung. Leipzig: Max Hesse’s Verlag, 1900.  https://archive.org/details/RiemannMusiklexikon10tea1922