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Core Studies of Saint Jacome

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The book, edited by Wesley Jacobs, contains the finest and most relevant studies from Saint Jacome's Grand Method, specifically adapted for tuba players. This book complements the Arban Complete Method without repeating any of Arban's content.

 The Grand Method was originally published by Louis Antoine Saint-Jacome in 1870 and is about the same length as the Arban Method. Although the two books have a similar appearance, they differ in content and organization. For many years, the Grand Method was regarded as the second pillar of cornet/trumpet pedagogy. If the Arban book had not been written, it is likely that the Saint-Jacome book would have been widely used instead.

 Who was Saint-Jacome?

Louis Antoine Saint-Jacome began his musical training at the age of seven under the tutelage of his stepfather, Martel, who was the bandmaster of the Bal de la Cour. He later graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 1850, winning first prize on the cornet. Between 1855–58, he played solo cornet with the Chasseurs à Cheval de la Garde impériale. Later, he moved to London, where he played cornet with the Alhambra Orchestra under the baton of Jules Rivière, and then solo cornet and flageolet under Jacoby’s baton. In 1870, he became the musical arranger for the Messieurs La Fleur Publishing Company and wrote his famous Grand Method for cornet during his tenure with this company.

 The book edited by Wesley Jacobs does not include the entire Grand Method in a version for tuba.