Category Archives: Bassoon History & Literature

Mozart: Bassoon Concerto KV 191

The authoritative edition of Mozart’s bassoon concerto KV 191 is published by Bärenreiter with cadenzas by Jane Gower. One of the most popular performing editions was edited by Walter Guetter and is published by TrevCo. A classic edition is published … Continue reading

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The Dulcian: precursor to the bassoon

Michael Praetorius, Syntagma Musicum: De Organographia, 1618 (Theatrum Instrumentorum, X) The dulcian was invented during the Renaissance (16th century) and was used through the 17th century. A very good introduction to the dulcian and the history of the precursor to … Continue reading

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Carl Almenräder

Carl Almenräder (b Ronsdorf [now Wuppertal], 3 Oct 1786; d Biebrich, 14 Sept 1843) was a German bassoonist, inventor and composer. Largely self-taught, he was a professional bassoonist in Cologne from 1808. After a period with the Frankfurt Nationaltheater (1812–14) he returned to Cologne as bandmaster of the 3rd … Continue reading

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Eugène Jancourt

A bel canto bassoonist! Jancourt, (Louis Marie) Eugène (b Château-Thierry, Aisne, 15 Dec 1815; d Boulogne-sur-Seine, 29 Jan 1901). French bassoonist and teacher. After completing his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with François René Gebauer in 1836, he enjoyed a … Continue reading

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The Bassoon by James Kopp

http://www.amazon.com/Bassoon-Yale-Musical-Instrument/dp/0300118295 From the publisher: This welcome volume encompasses the entire history of the bassoon, from its origins five centuries ago to its place in twenty-first-century music. James Kopp draws on new archival research and many years’ experience playing the instrument … Continue reading

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“Berceuse” from the Firebird by Igor Stravinsky

I’ve found that Norman Herzberg’s fingering recommendation for the opening Bb to Db is very helpful: Here is a link to a recording of the “Berceuse” from the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. The Columbia Symphony is conducted by the … Continue reading

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Paradis: Sicilienne

Sheet music available here: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Sicilienne/5955380 Paradis [Paradies], Maria Theresia (b Vienna, bap. 15 May 1759; dVienna, 1 Feb 1824). Austrian composer, pianist, organist and singer. She was the daughter of the Imperial Secretary and Court Councillor to Empress Maria Theresa, after whom … Continue reading

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Bassoon Sheet Music Archive

Here is a Bassoon Sheet Music Archive on CD-ROM produced by The Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles. Very handy collection of public domain sheet music for and including bassoon. Here is the publisher’s description: The Clarinet Music Archives has proven … Continue reading

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Robert Rønnes

Robert Rønnes: his homepage includes links to scores, recordings, favorite videos, etc. A great bassoonist, he has also composed works for and/or including bassoon. Excellent music! He has made a number of his compositions available on IMSLP with Creative Commons … Continue reading

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