And YES … listen to recordings. Understand the context. This goes with any work! I remember sitting on an audition panel for an opera audition: it was clear a few people had never listened to the excerpt played in context. It was accurate, but not at all what is done with the singer(s) and an orchestra.

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude
Eugene Izotov, Oboe

Doesn’t he make it sound easy?

It’s not. At least not for me. But then I play the English horn part on this. Whew!

I love “precision is the enemy of expression.”

Of course that might not always be the case, but it’s good to think about, yes?