Eugene Jancourt (1815-1901) had a major influence on the
development of the bassoon during the nineteenth
century. First and foremost, he was a well known and
respected performer, serving as principal bassoon in
several of the opera orchestras in Paris as well as
being a soloist and a member of the Societe des Concerts
and a Captain of Music in the fifth subdivision of the
Garde Nationale. He was Professor of Bassoon at the
Paris Conservatoire from 1875-91 and composed well over
200 concert and pedagogical works for bassoon. Finally,
he was an adviser to several of the leading Paris
bassoon makers and made major contributions to the
development of the French bassoon.
Jancourt's Grande methode theoretique et practique, Op.
15, was written around 1845. The 26 Melodic Studies, a
part of this complete method, feature a wide range of
keys and musical styles and are a common requirement in
today's bassoon curriculum.
The present edition of Jancourt's 26 Melodic Studies is
based on a facsimile of the original publication.
Charles Ullery, former principal bassoonist of the St. Paul
Chamber Orchestra, has edited these etudes, correcting
obvious note errors, misprints and inconsistencies, and
adding occasional courtesy accidentals for ease of