Classes

Susanne Regel:

“Outstanding achievements arise from individual support…and individual challenges. As well as talent, musicality, ambition and a lot of enthusiasm, extraordinary accomplishments also require discipline, diligence, idealism and hardship as well as the ability to concentrate on a specific topic! And it also takes something else…,…it takes the right teachers at the right time…along with a suitable learning environment.”

I would like to pass on this knowledge and support …in classes, in private tuition, in preparation for contests, in performance assessment…and in accompanying you personally.
I look forward to getting to know you!

What are your goals?

  • playing and acquiring knowledge of “historical instruments of the oboe family“: baroque oboes, classical oboes and various romantic oboe instruments
  • expanding your stylistic knowledge of music of the 18th and early 19th centuries
  • learning the basics of “historically informed” performance practise
  • enhancing your musical stylistic skills
  • preparing for performances and contests
  • gaining additional professional qualifications and developing new professional perspectives
  • peak performance under pressure – coping with and utilising stage fright

Who are you?

  • pupils, students, teachers, professional musicians, amateurs
  • chamber music ensembles playing on “early” and “modern” instruments
  • beginners and advanced players with or without professional ambitions
  • “modern oboists” with an interest in the “world of the baroque oboe”
  • instrumentalists from other areas, for instance the recorder, flute, bassoon, saxophone

What subjects interest you most?

technical subjects

  • instruments, equipment, repair and care
  • knowledge of different types of instruments and tuning pitches
  • making mouthpieces for different members of the oboe family

playing technique on baroque, classical and romantic oboes

  • differences to the “modern“ oboe
  • playing without the octave key
  • posture, breathing and breathing techniques
  • intonation, producing and shaping the sound
  • Shaping dynamics, articulation, fingering technique, historical fingerings and effects

“historically informed” approaches to performance and stylistic practices

  • tempo, metre and musical form
  • music as tonal language: affect and rhetorical figures, symbolism, punctuation…
  • ornamentation, agréments, cadences
  • specific features of various 18th century styles
    • in France, Italy, Germany, England and Spain…
    • at the courts of Versailles, Mannheim, Dresden, and Potsdam…
    • during different periods: high baroque, “mixed taste”, “Sturm und Drang”, enlightenment, classicism
    • in different genres: opera, cantata, sonata, symphony…
  • overview and further information: historical sources
    and much more besides…

performance practice

  • preparing for a concert performance, contests or exams
  • training for a position within an orchestra
  • “historical instruments” in modern concert halls
  • “early music” – modern concert life
  • peak performance under pressure – coping with and utilising stage fright