Little is known about the life of Johann Heinrich Luft,
who is known today primarily among oboists who study these
24 Etudes. Born in Germany, in the year 1813, he
was educated in Magdeburg. After completing his education
he went to Livonia, where he taught music. He moved to
Saint Petersburg around 1830, when he was still in his
late teens. From 1840-1860, he held the principal oboe
position in the Imperial Theatre Orchestra. He became an
important figure in Russia and was said to be the
reputed founder of Russian oboe playing. When the
Saint Petersburg Conservatory of Music was established
in 1862, Luft became the first Professor of Oboe. He
left his position at the conservatory in 1868 and
returned to Germany, where he died a short time later.
He composed several oboe concerti, in addition to his
24 Etudes, which were written as teaching
materials for his students. But it is the etudes for
which he is most remembered.
These studies are still used all over the world today. They are an
important tool for developing technical proficiency for either oboe or saxophone.
1-2 page exercises are included in each major and minor
key to 5 flats and 6 sharps.