If you don’t already own Telemann’s G Minor Sonata you might want to pick it up if you are a California high school oboist. The edition I’ve linked to is the one they are requiring. You will need to play the Presto from the beginning to the Fine before the key change, all of the Andante, and the Allegro, measure 27 to the end (take the second ending). As far as I know, this is the first time they’ve asked for this work.

If you are thinking of English horn, you need to work up Etude #39 from the Ferling 48 Famous Studies. (You should have that book anyway, right?!)

Just so you know.

This past year they used Saint-Saëns Oboe Sonata.

To me the difference between Telemann and Saint-Saëns is pretty darn large; most Telemann seems to sit well for oboe, and the Saint-Saëns has a killer passage, as my students will tell you. Don’t get me wrong, though, I absolutely love the Saint-Saëns. I jsut don’t think it’s appropriate for most high school students.

Other works that they’ve required: Cimarosa Oboe Concerto and the Marcello C Minor Concerto.

Now doesn’t it seem that the Saint-Saëns is vastly different than all the others?

Oh … but I forgot one more … they have also asked for the Mozart Oboe Quartet. This is one of my all time favorite works! It was also something I learned when I was in high school … lots of memories with that work. Great stuff.

Scales too.
Yes, they also require scales. I’ve had some students who think scales are entirely unnecessary. Heh, play the first run in the Mozart Oboe Concerto and get back to me about scales, okay? How can a C major scale become so difficult?! 😉

Scales required for this year:
2/4 time, quarter note=96
rhythm for major and minor scales: first note 8th, 16ths to next octave 8th, sixteenths to top 8th note, back down the same way, with the final note a half note; slur the 2nd beat of each measure

  • D major, 2 octaves
  • B melodic minor, 2 octaves
  • Gb major, 1 octave
  • Eb melodic minor, two octaves, slurred
  • Chromatic in triplets, 6/8 time, from low B to high F, final note dotted half note
  • I hope my students look at this and say, “Piece ‘o cake!” since you’ve all been working on scales since you started up with me, and we work on majors, melodic minors and chromatic, not to mention my faves, the whole tone scales!

    Now wouldn’t summer be the perfect time to work on all of this and get that Telemann in your blood?


    1. i think the quartet is harder than the Saint Saens! I’d much rather play the Sonata. Endurance-wise, the quartet is tougher too.     

    2. Patricia Mitchell

      Cooper! I was wondering if you were still reading … I haven’t “seen” you here much!

      I think the Saint-Saëns requires a maturity that most high school students don’t have. It’s so “delicate” in some places, if you ask me. The Mozart, while difficult, is easier for most high school students to plow through.

      But … truth be told … I think they should ask for Marcello, Cimarosa, Telemann … anything Baroque. It think those are more reasonable for a lot of students.

      Back to the Giants ballgame and Warriors basketball game. (Yeah, I switch back & forth.) Looks like tonight might not be a good night for the teams. Sigh.

    3. I haven’t stopped reading! Your site has been really buggy, not allowing folks to respond for a long time and such, so you just didn’t “hear me”.

      Yeah, when I was in high school I was stuck on the Baroque classics. Nowadays I’ve been working on the Quartet and all that high register really takes a toll on the endurance! Lots of rolling in and rolling out for a student, not to mention a pro!

      Keep up the good work! Thanks for all of your good reading.  

    4. Patricia Mitchell

      Believe me, I’m SO frustrated with Userland and all; too many crashes, and so far no fix. Sigh. But to switch to something else would probably be such a CHORE.

      I guess the high notes (and I usually struggle with them) just wasnt’ a big deal for me in the Mozart. “Rolling in and rolling out” … you mean the reed? I don’t really do much of that. Maybe it’s the reeds I use, I dunno.

      Anyway, I’m just so glad you are still reading. I check your site quite frequently. (I can’t leave messages because I don’t have a Xanga membership. (I did at one point — don’t know what happened.)

      When do you move to the states?