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Davis, William D. Elegy and Dance for Solo Bassoon
This is a very accessible work including some multiphonics, timbre trills, “feathered” beaming, and quarter-tones. Clear, easily-understood directions for the quarter-tones and timbre trills have been provided by the composer.
Flament, Edouard Two Cadenzas for the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K. 191
These were the favorite cadenzas of the great French bassoonist Maurice Allard.
Bassoon and Piano / Organ / Harpsichord
Boda, John Caprice for Bassoon and Piano
An original work by this outstanding American composer, dating from his years of graduate study at the Eastman School of Music.
Cools, Eugene Concertstück for Bassoon and Piano
This Concerstück is a single-movement work with some sections of contrasting tempo, meter, and thematic material. This work was the Paris Conservatory contest piece in 1910.
Flament Élégie pour basson et orgue, op. 1
This is the first known composition specifically for bassoon and organ, written by one of our most distinguished colleagues. The harmonic language is reminiscent of Massenet. This is a beautiful piece, equally appropriate for use in a church service or on a recital. FIRST PUBLICATION.
Bernard Heiden Adagio for Bassoon and Piano
This is Heiden’s own piano reduction of the third movement of his 1949 Concerto for Small Orchestra. He borrowed melodic material from other instruments to expand the original bassoon part, creating a lovely recital piece. Most of the work is in tenor clef and is suitable for advanced high school students and beyond.
Eugène Jancourt Cantiléne, op. 59
Many bassoonists consider this piece to be one of Jancourt’s loveliest compositions. It employs the bassoon’s range from the bottom B-flat to the top one and features several cadenza-like passages in which the soloist can demonstrate their musicianship and emotional depth.
Jancourt, Eugène Melodic Etude in E minor, op. 119
This work for bassoon and piano is written in a modified rondo form. The composer intersperses technical passages with sections of lyric playing. He included an ossia for the most technically challenging measure of the piece.
Eugène Jancourt Reverie, op. 61
This work is shorter in length than the Cantiléne, op. 59, but still offers the soloist many opportunities for expressive playing. The work was recorded by bassoonist William D. Davis and fortepianist Beverly Dutton on the Bravura CD label.
Eugène Jancourt Romance sans paroles, op. 113
Melodic work by the prolific bassoonist/composer/pedagogue Jancourt; great for introducing or strengthening familiarity with tenor clef as well as an effective recital piece.
Ulysses Kay Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
This one-movement piece was composed in 1941 while Kay was studying at Yale with Paul Hindemith. The Sonata for Bassoon and Piano has been unavailable for fifty years and is now presented for the first time in a clean, legible edition.
Bruno Labate Polka Intermezzo for Bassoon and Piano
A charming piece by the Principal Oboist of the New York Philharmonic. Labate is well known among oboists for his pedagogical/recital pieces. This work for bassoon and piano was dedicated to the composer’s colleague, Benjamin Kohon, Principal Bassoonist of the NYP.
W. A. Mozart Adagio from the Basset Clarinet Concerto, K. 622
The Bassoonists’ Revenge! Tired of hearing clarinetists play K. 191? This is the beautiful second movement of Mozart’s final wind concerto, popularized by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the film "Out of Africa." Bruce Gbur has transcribed the original basset clarinet version for bassoon and piano. The work fits the bassoon wonderfully, from high C to low B-flat.
Nabokov, Nicolas Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
The Russian-American composer Nabokov was an important figure in American musical life during the 1940-1970s. This two-movement Sonata displays the influence of his good friend Stravinsky as well as Shostakovich. This is a significant addition to the twentieth-century solo repertoire.
Max d'Ollone Romance et Tarentelle pour Basson et Piano
Max d’Ollone was one of the composition professors at the Paris Conservatory during the early twentieth century. He wrote this work for the annual bassoon juries in 1928 and dedicated it to Léon Lettelier, the bassoon professor at that time. The Tarentelle calls for moderate technique from the solo bassoonist; great recital piece.
Alberto Orefici Adagio for Bassoon and Piano
Orefici was a student of Jancourt at the Paris Conservatory. He followed his teacher’s example by composing the well-known Melodic Studies and Bravura Studies for bassoon. It is not widely known that Orefici composed several pieces for solo bassoon and piano. This Adagio was originally published in Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Alberto Orefici Two Pieces for Bassoon and Piano [Elegy & Scherzo]
This is the Fist Edition of these two works by the Italian virtuoso and pedagogue Alberto Orefici. They both display his fondness for “flat-heavy” tonalities and idiomatic writing for the bassoon.
David Ott Suite for Bassoon and Piano
This three-movement work was commissioned in honor of Christopher Weait’s retirement from The Ohio State University. David Ott has served as the composer-in-residence with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Owen, Blythe Diversion for Bassoon and Piano, op. 42, No. 1
Dr. Blythe Owen had teaching career that spanned almost eighty years. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate in composition from the Eastman School of Music. Her holograph states “for Bassoon and Harpsichord (or Piano)” but contains a wealth of dynamic indications not possible on the harpsichord. The editor recommends that an electronic keyboard be used to achieve both the harpsichord timbre and the given dynamics.
Reynolds, Verne Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Reynolds composed this work in 1999 as a contribution to the 20th-century repertoire of the bassoon. This is a dark and serious work for the most part. The three movements are technically and musically challenging.
Mark A. Stupp Charlie is My Darling: Variations on a Scottish Folksong for Bassoon and Piano
This work was composed for Dan Duncan. The minor-mode tune dates back to the final Jacobite rebellion (19 August 1745 through 16 April 1746). Mark Stupp set this piece as a theme and six variations utilizing his own Late Romantic harmonic language. He departed from the tune’s traditional sound by setting the final variation in the major mode.
Mark A. Stupp Morning Has Broken: Reflections on a Gaelic Melody
This is s setting of the familiar hymn tune, suitable for use in a church service or as part of a recital set.
Vaas, A. J. Variations on "Im tiefen Keller" for Bassoon and Piano
This is the first publication of this chrming work by German-American composer A. J. Vaas. He was active as a composer and Band conductor during the Civil War. This set of variations on the popular nineteenth-century song is Vaas’s only known work for solo instrument. The piece is also published with orchestral accompaniment.
Hartley, Waler S. Nocturne for Bassoon and Piano
This work was originally composed for bass clarinet and piano. When Bruce Gbur
suggested a version for bassoon and piano, Dr. Hartley enthusiastically agreed.
Hawkins, Alan Suite for Bassoon and Piano
This four-movement work was composed by Alan Hawkins, Emeritus Professor of Bassoon
and Music Theory at the University of Kansas, in 1990. It was premiered by bassoonist
Bruce Gbur and pianist Jeffrey Shumway at the 2010 I.D.R.S Conference in Norman, OK,
on 25 June 2010.
Berr, Frédéric Cavatina on Una voce poco fa
This piece by clarinetist and composer Berr is an elaboration on the well known aria from Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville. Berr played under Rossini's direction at the Italian Theater in Paris for several years.
Hill, Edward Burlingame Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Hill taught at Harvard for 38 years and numbered Bernstein, Piston, Fine, Carter, and many others among his pupils. He composed his Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in 1948, eight years after retiring from Harvard. This is a collegiate or professional-level piece for the bassoonist and requires a skilled pianist.
Mouquet, Jules Ballade for Bassoon and Piano
Mouquet's Ballade was the Paris Conservatory test piece in 1912. It does not follow the "formula" of slow introduction, cadenza, then virtuoso passage-work. It is one of the most accessible of the contest solos for younger college-age students and is great for recitals or academic juries.
Zaninelli, Luigi Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano
This exciting work was composed for John Blivens. The outer movements require technical agility from the soloist while the middle movement is a beautiful aria for bassoon and piano.