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    I would imagine some composer having already explored this. Do you know of any pieces? The instrument's darker tones preferred best.

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    Vivaldi wrote almost 40 bassoon concerto's.
    The chamber group Sundance Trio is made up of bassoon, oboe, and piano.
    Michael Daugherty wrote a piece for the Chicago Symphonies bassoon section called "Hell's Angles"

    There is a lot of bassoon music out there.
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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.
    A bit of browsing does wonders.............
    https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/cl...+chamber+music
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    Check out Beethoven's pal Anton Reicha! "It has been said that Reicha is to the wind quintet what Haydn is to the string quartet – he almost single-handedly established the combination of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon as an important form."

    Great stuff, Lots on YouTube. Many recordings available.


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    Both Hindemith and Saint-Saens wrote a sonata for bassoon and piano that are worth hearing.
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    Poulenc has a trio and a sextet that include bassoons. I've had the below disc for decades.

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    Also the Mozart and Beethoven quintets for piano and winds.
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    Poulenc also composed a sonata for clarinet and bassoon in 1922 - it's a slender work weighing in at less than ten minutes but a pleasant example of Poulenc's early style.
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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.
    All kinds of excellent suggestions here already. If 20th-century modern is your cup of tea, as it is mine, the Hindemith and Poulenc mentioned above are both musts. In the traditional classical vein, the Beethoven Septet and Schubert Octet are among the greatest chamber music pieces for ensembles that include a bassoon.

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    Lots of bassoon chamber music...in addition to the excellent ones already mentioned, there are some excellent works from classical era.....bassoon with string ensembles, by Danzi, Gebauer , Dotzauer, Devienne.. also the Rossini 4tets for WW 4tet are lots of fun...
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    Here is the wind quintet I play with playing a bassoon heavy work.


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    One CD that I have is “The golden age of harp and French bassoon” with works by: Dauprat, Boieldien, Naderman, Saint Saens, Labarre and Debussy it was recorded in 1991, Rachel Talitman harp, Luc Loubry Basoon. If you can find a copy I fully recommend it.

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    There are many quartets for four bassoons. Do an image google search, then Google the various ensembles to see what pieces they play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasks View Post
    There are many quartets for four bassoons. Do an image google search, then Google the various ensembles to see what pieces they play.
    Yup - Prokofieff "Humorous Scherzo" is probably best known - Peter Schickele [a bassoonist] wrote some very clever ones, as well - "Lip My Reeds" [for GHW Bush] and "Last Tango in Bayreuth"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Yup - Prokofieff "Humorous Scherzo" is probably best known - Peter Schickele [a bassoonist] wrote some very clever ones, as well - "Lip My Reeds" [for GHW Bush] and "Last Tango in Bayreuth"
    Classic! I once heard the NY Philharmonic bassoon section do an all-bassoon version of I Feel Pretty from West Side Story. I also heard the late Les Cantor (what a wonderful guy) lead an all-bassoon ensemble in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Two more bassoon classics.

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