I do not need help identifying the piece as such. But rather (depserately need help) finding a specific moment in a much larger work. A Comic Opera of Gilbert and Sullivan's penning. I was reading a review from the premier of The Gand Duke when I came across this extract: "That form of instrumental humour, in which Sir Arthur Sullivan has delighted ever since the famous "bassoon joke" in The Sorcerer..." Which has bothered me greatly. I've been on the internet for five hours trying to find out what this "Bassoon joke" is. I am a great fan of G&S and have read through, sung through and seen performed The Sorcerer (and other Comic Operas) well over a hundred times (no exaggeration) and I cannot decipher what this refers to at all.
If someone can please tell me what and where this "Basson joke" is in The Sorcerer that would be wonderful and much appreciated. If you can do this and explain it to me that would be infinitely better
I'm a Composer and have done a number of Comic Operas in this style myself, so not knowing is really getting to me. (Hence the determined five, uninterupted, hours trying to find out so far.)
Thank you greatly.