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    Boismortier if you’re into late baroque. He wrote a concerto for it and some sonatas I’ve heard performed on bassoon (probably intended for any instrument capable of playing in that range).

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    Yes, the French composer Charles Koechlin composed chamber music for the bassoon:





    Koechlin also composed a late Wind Septet, Op. 165, that includes a bassoon:

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    Two wonderful discs of chamber music for bassoon, and woodwind ensemble -

    20th Century French Wind Trios - Chicago Chamber Musicians - Henoch/Combs/Buchman
    http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...album_id=37092

    25th Anniversary of International 2ble Reed Society
    http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...album_id=52520


    Great stuff, very entertaining and enjoyable - superb performances....on the 25th IDRS disc - check out the Rossini Barber/Seville duets for 2 bassoons - esp "Largo al Factotum" - Azzolini and Canuti go totally nuts!!
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    There are quite a few sonatas for bassoon and piano out there:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon_sonata

    L´Apres Midi d´un Dinosaur is one of the quirkier, popular Hyperion releases, focusing on bassoon works.
    https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDH88035

    Nielsen wrote some nice music for winds, the Wind Quintet and the Serenata in Vano are lovely works. And Janacek´s music generally contains a lot of catchy, fresh and folksy wind instrument writing. These are of course ensemble, not solo works.

    My favourite work for bassoon is probably Maxwell-Davies´ Strathclyde Concerto no.8. More modernist than a lot of the repertoire, and not really chamber music, naturally.
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    Great suggestions here, I'm glad the OP started this thread. I should have mentioned, for the Poulenc Sextet for piano and winds, there is an excellent recording by Alexandre Tharaud et al. released by Naxos as part of the worthwhile Poulenc set they released at the 100th anniversary of his birth. My favorite classic version is by Jacques Fevrier, who was a close friend of Poulenc, and the Paris Wind Quintet on EMI/Angel, I assume it's on CD somewhere. There is also a recording on Columbia by Poulenc himself with the great Philadelphia Wind Quintet, but that has some slips and ensemble and intonation problems, not surprisingly, as it was made in one evening in New York when Poulenc happened to be on a concert tour of the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Both Hindemith and Saint-Saens wrote a sonata for bassoon and piano that are worth hearing.
    As did Alexander Tansman.



    For some weirder stuff try Sofia Gubaidulina.

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    Wonderful Sonata for 2 Bassoons by Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone...very neat piece....splendid recording available by Otto Eifert [long time CinnSO principal] and his well known teacher Sol Schoenbach

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    My favorite Poulenc"Sextuor" for Piano and WW 5tet is by the NY WW 5tet, with Frank Glazer, piano....Frank was brother of David Glazer, the clarinetist, and performed often with the great group....

    I got to perform the Poulenc with Glazer, soon after graduation - and it was a real thrill - we performed the Poulenc along with the Mozart 5tet in Eb for piano and Winds....Glazer was a superb chamber musician, extremely knowledgeable, and had wonderful insights into the music of both composers...
    I also love the Poulenc Trio for oboe/bassoon/piano, and have performed it many times - great slow [middle] mvt - like an opera duet, or even popular song duet between soprano[ob] and tenor/baritone [bssn]...very melodic, romantic....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    My favorite Poulenc"Sextuor" for Piano and WW 5tet is by the NY WW 5tet, with Frank Glazer, piano....Frank was brother of David Glazer, the clarinetist, and performed often with the great group....

    I got to perform the Poulenc with Glazer, soon after graduation - and it was a real thrill - we performed the Poulenc along with the Mozart 5tet in Eb for piano and Winds....Glazer was a superb chamber musician, extremely knowledgeable, and had wonderful insights into the music of both composers...
    I also love the Poulenc Trio for oboe/bassoon/piano, and have performed it many times - great slow [middle] mvt - like an opera duet, or even popular song duet between soprano[ob] and tenor/baritone [bssn]...very melodic, romantic....
    Yes, indeed. Frank and David Glazer recorded the Brahms clarinet sonatas together with great success, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plaguebearer View Post
    I would imagine some composer having already explored this. Do you know of any pieces? The instrument's darker tones preferred best.
    Zelenka:

    Last edited by RogerWaters; Feb-17-2018 at 03:40.

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    Heitor Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for flute and bassoon

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