Core Studies of Saint Jacome

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This book contains the finest and most relevant studies from Saint Jacome’s Grand Method. It complements the Arban Complete Method without duplicating Arban’s content.

What is the Grand Method?

The Grand Method of Louis Antoine Saint-Jacome was first published in 1870. The Grand Method is about the same length as the Arban Method. The two books have a similar appearance—but they differ in content and organization. For many years Saint-Jacome’s Grand Method was regarded as the second pillar of cornet/trumpet pedagogy. If the Arban book had not been written we all would likely be using the Saint-Jacome book.

Who was Saint-Jacome?

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

What are the Core Studies?

This book does not present the entire Grand Method in a version for tuba. We have extracted and used only the highest quality studies.These excellent studies represent the core of Saint-Jacome’s Grand Method.