Reviews and comments received
This well-written and well-researched book fills a void in the literature about the bassoon’s precursor… Kilbey has made an important contribution to resources about the historical development of the bassoon.
Curtal, Dulcian, Bajón: A History of the Precursor to the Bassoon
is excellent as a stand alone reference or as a supplement to the sections on early music in Langwill’s
The Bassoon and Contrabassoon
The Oboe and the Bassoon.
The Double Reed
(Vol. 26 no.4, 2003)
This is a magnificent assemblage of information about the curtal.
Early Music Review
(no.93, September 2003)
This 300 page book contains probably everything that is currently known about the surviving original dulcians and in addition lots of iconography and information of the history and repertoire for the dulcian. Highly recommended.
Hans Mons (Holland)
Maggie Kilbey’s new book on the dulcian is an excellent model for collecting all the surviving information about a single woodwind instrument, including its players and makers… most helpful and inspiring.
David Lasocki (USA)
William Waterhouse (UK)
…an unprecedented source book that brings much valuable information between two covers. The woodwind community is much in your debt for this work.
James Kopp (USA)
All in all it is a most impressive piece of research, well laid out and presented and I felicitate you wholeheartedly.
Jeremy Montagu (UK)
Congratulations for your excellent book about curtals and bajones.
Josep Borrŕs i Roca (Spain)
Andrew Parrott (UK)
Your book is beautiful, marvellous, perfect! You did a fantastic job for all dulcian players.
Jan Klimes (Czech Republic)
Your book is really wonderful and exactly I am waiting for! Congratulations!!! So it is one of the best books about an early instrument family I ever had in my hands with so much good information.
Bernhard Stilz (Germany)
What a GREAT book.
Bob Grossman (USA)
…very interesting and well written. Please let me know if you publish anything else!
Elena Bianchi (Italy)