Repertoire to make reeds by.
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Repertoire to make reeds by.

The bassoon is such a colourful and varied musical instrument. It can be comical, lyrical, flamboyant or just plain crazy. Below is a selection of works I find reflect just how versatile this instrument can be. 

Elegy for Innocence - Jeff Scott

This piece was premiered by Monica Ellis, to whom it is dedicated to critical acclaim, at the 2009 IDRS Conference in Provo. A challenging, tuneful, and creative single movement work by the hornist of the Imani Quintet.

Dead Elvis - Michael Daugherty

Dead Elvis (1993) was commissioned by Boston Musica Viva and Chuck Ullery, principal bassoonist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. a 10-minute, single-movement work inspired by the King of Rock and Roll - Elvis Presley. 

Lauro for bassoon (Five Venezuelan Waltzes for Solo Bassoon) - Paquito D’Rivera / Antonio Lauro

The Cuban-born saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera, who has written and arranged ensemble pieces for the Imani Winds, adapted five pieces by the legendary Venezuelan guitarist/composer Antonio Lauro for solo bassoon. “These pieces are so effective,” said Ellis. “He’s able to translate these traditional solo guitar pieces – and that same effect of having twenty fingers – for bassoon without it sounding awkward. I’ve enjoyed playing them.”

Love Serenade- Matthew Hindson

'Love Serenade was written with the intention of composing a very lyrical and impassioned work. It was first composed for the bassoon, and certainly there are not enough pieces for the bassoon that have that character'. - notes by Matthew Hindson.

Sonata for Bassoon and Piano - Saint-Saëns

Following the sonatas for oboe and clarinet, the bassoon sonata is the last of the compositions for wind from 1921, the year of Saint-Saëns’ death. He did not have a chance to write the sonata for cor anglais he had planned. The humorous, technically not very demanding work hardly shows that the composer was not particularly well acquainted with the instrument. In a letter he admitted to his publisher that he had preferred to check a school to confirm the range of the bassoon at a high passage. However, trial runs with the subsequent dedicatee Léon Letellier went extremely well for both parties. 

Variationen über ein Thema von Pergolesi für Fagott und Streichorchester - Otmar Nussio

This composition for bassoon and string orchestra by Otmar Nussio was written in 1953 for the Geneva International Music Competition

Lucy Long Theme and Variations - Fred Godfrey

It was in the popular Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool that Lucy Long received its first performance, written for and played by the orchestra’s seventeen-year-old bassoonist Philip Langdale. There is a surprising Australian connection also.

Migrant for Bassoon and String Quartet - Bernd Redmann

Premiered in 2011 by Lyndon Watts in Munich this contemporary work shows how far the bassoon has come. 



On the bench - Contra bassoon modification

On the bench - Contra bassoon modification

21 September 2020

An interesting job landed on my bench this month

Jamie Dodd - What's in your case?

Jamie Dodd - What's in your case?

1 August 2019

Brisbane native, Jamie Dodd, will begin studying bassoon at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York ) in August 2019, where he will learn from Professor George Sakakeeny. Fine out what is going (and not going) with him to the USA. 

Repairs and Custom Work

Repairs and Custom Work

13 December 2018

The Bassoon Factory repair bench can be found at the wonderful workshop of Ozwinds Brass and Woodwind - Brisbane. All manor of jobs are carried out from minor adjustments and servicing, to overhauls and custom modifications. All instruments welcome from student Schreibers to professional Heckels and the occasional Contra Bassoon.



On the bench - An unusual modification

On the bench - An unusual modification

9 August 2018

I have always found musical instruments fascinating. The precision and engineering of the mechanics, combined with the beauty and flowing lines of the keywork, every aspect of an instruments design has a history. It was no surprise then that when an unusual bassoon modification crossed my bench recently I just had to find out more about it

Errol Buddle - Australia's own Jazz Bassoonist.

Errol Buddle - Australia's own Jazz Bassoonist.

27 May 2018

A homage to the world of Jazz Bassoon. 

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