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  • Published: 9 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780525553779
  • Imprint: Dial
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $32.99

A is for Oboe

The Orchestra's Alphabet



This deeply imaginative and entertaining poetry collection details the pleasures of the orchestra, from strong-willed A to satisfied Z.

Two widely acclaimed poets--one a composer and classical pianist as well--have come together to create this extraordinary portrait of the orchestra in all of its richness and fascination, using the structure of the alphabet in a way that's entirely new and delightful. A is for the first note you hear as you take your seat in the concert hall, played by the headstrong oboe. B is for the bassoon, "the orchestra's jester, complaining impatiently through his nose." And C is for the conductor, "like the captain on the bridge of a great ship, navigating the composer's musical charts."

Onward the text goes, soaring in reverie and making thought-provoking observations while not taking itself too seriously--illuminating all the various details that flow together to create the nourishing experience of playing or listening to music.

  • Published: 9 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780525553779
  • Imprint: Dial
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $32.99

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