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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    I've performed both Weber bassoon works a number of times...lots of fun - these pieces are very "bassoon-y" - like the Vivaldi bassoon concerti, they lie well for the instrument, and show off its wide variety of tonal and expressive possibilities....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Are you a professional if I may ask?
    yes, mostly retired by now - have played professionally for 45+years, 40 as principal of one orchestra or another.

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    Bassoon is the balance of power in the woodwind section. Without it, the oboes, flutes and clarinets will have no weights at all. Good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    Bassoon is the balance of power in the woodwind section. Without it, the oboes, flutes and clarinets will have no weights at all. Good stuff!
    I really like Shostakovich's symphonic bassoon writing. Makes me thirsty for some good Vodka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    Bassoon is the balance of power in the woodwind section. Without it, the oboes, flutes and clarinets will have no weights at all. Good stuff!
    right - the woodwind choir really needs the bass sonority, and rich overtones to fill out the sound...the best woodwind sections, IMO, those of Chicago, NYPO, Cleveland, have always had a rich presence of bassoons and clarinets. this gives a full organ-like sonority to the sound, even at pianissimo dynamic level. The high voices, flute, piccolo, oboe, first clarinet, Eb flat clarinet...sit right on top, and sound very full...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I really like Shostakovich's symphonic bassoon writing. Makes me thirsty for some good Vodka.
    Shostakovich wrote great bassoon parts - huge solos, excellent section soli...one of the best composers for bassoon...Syms 1,4,7,8,9,10, all have major bassoon solos/soli.
    of course, the earlier work - the Big Ballets - Golden Age, Bolt, and the film music, also contain lots of very rich bassoon passages..same with violin concerti.

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    The bassoon concertos of Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, Mozart and Weber are great fun to listen to. How has the bassoon become so neglected for the last two hundred years? It is such a great instrument!

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    ^^^^^
    There have been many great bassoon works composed in the 20th century.

    Two of the finest are the Hindemith and Saint-Saens bassoon sonatas.

    Gordon Jacob and Jean Françaix also composed some good bassoon concertos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    ^^^^^
    There have been many great bassoon works composed in the 20th century.

    Two of the finest are the Hindemith and Saint-Saens bassoon sonatas.

    Gordon Jacob and Jean Françaix also composed some good bassoon concertos.
    And a good 21st century work composed for The Bassoon Brothers by Michael Daugherty is:

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