|Keeping the flow of the line in spite of awkward register jumps||00h:01m:12s|
|Break up the first circular phrase into 2 pieces, to ultimately connect them||00h:01m:20s|
|Resist the temptation to rush the fifth and sixth measures||00h:02m:04s|
|This is almost never performed at the printed metronome marking||00h:03m:07s|
|Use the orchestration to help you make your phrasing||00h:06m:10s|
|Grace notes are on the beat throughout||00h:06m:52s|
|Articulation of the tenuto-staccato||00h:07m:49s|
|More legato, softer playing in the second statement with string accompaniment||00h:08m:45s|
|Isolate the two notes with accents (4 and 6 meas. after No. 2)||00h:09m:12s|
|Making a beautiful diminuendo on the final G major triad will give you the desired relaxation||00h:09m:54s|
Kathryn Greenbank, Principal Oboe of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, plays and discusses the Prelude and Menuet from Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin.
TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN, LE
Recorded Date: 11-10-2012
Kathryn Greenbank has been Principal Oboist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1982. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with John de Lancie. Her other teachers include Louis Margaglioni, Richard Woodhams, and Richard Killmer. Greenbank is a frequent soloist with the SPCO and has been featured on many of their recordings including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and Dvorak’s Serenade in D Minor for Winds. Greenbank and the SPCO gave the world premiere performance of American composer Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto, which was commissioned for her by the Minnesota Commissioning Club.
Greenbank has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in many chamber music festivals around the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and Music@Menlo, where she is featured on their CD The Unfolding of Music II. This past August, she was involved in a project recording the six Trio Sonatas of Jan Dismas Zelenka. Greenbank served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, and continues to maintain a small private teaching studio. In addition, she has coached and led master classes for the New World Symphony.