Bel Canto Flute: The Rampal School





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Bel Canto Flute: The Rampal School
Written and Compiled by Sheryl Cohen
Published by Winzer Press
221 pages; Spiral bound

To my parents, who introduced me to the world of music and Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, who gave me the world through music…

Bel Canto Flute offers an inspiring and artistic application of the teachings of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion to daily studies, etudes, and traditional repertoire. In twelve chapters, Sheryl Cohen explores the Rampal School’s poetic approach to expressive phrasing as a foundation to develop musical artistry, creative practice methods, breath control, tone, articulation, and technique, all while searching to free the artist within. This bold 220-plus page work includes 34 etudes and 33 solo movements: J.S. Bach’s Partita, Sonata in E Minor, C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A Minor for flute alone, Telemann Fantasias No. 2 and 10, along with movements from works by Blavet, Mozart, Handel, plus daily studies of Boehm, Anderson, Koehler, Altes, and more.

Author Sheryl Cohen has practiced and taught the Rampal School’s approach to musical artistry since first studying with Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1967 and Alain Marion in 1968.  Until their deaths, she received training from Rampal and Maron in private lessons, master classes, and during two summers at the Academie Internationale d’Ete in Nice, France.  In the spring of 1983, she observed Alain Marion’s class at the Conservatoire Nationale Superior de Musique in Paris, to further document the methods and curriculum of the Rampal School.  Sheryl Cohen has performed and presented master classes worldwide, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama.

“Imagine a school that has no rules or dogma, where life and music point the way. Rules confine and limit artistic expression. There is not a right way to play an instrument, to shape a phrase, or to make music. Even a belief in one type of tone quality eleminates thousands of possibilities… Apply this free spirited approach to every aspect of flute playing, musicianship, and life, and you have the school of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.” – From Bel Canto Flute: The Rampal School

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