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    I play Bassoon and I saw an Oboe and flute thread so I thought I'd introduce my beauty of an instrument

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    They are a bit fab!!!
    Whats you're favourite piece you're doing at the moment, as a soloist?
    Any bassoonists reading this by the way, not just Josef Haydn!

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    Yes I must admit - the bassoon has its charms but the best woodwind instrument is definetly the oboe. It has a sweet timbre, wheras the bassoon is more like the timbre of a digeridoo!

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    I disagree, the basson can have a forboding timbre, a comic timbre, a jolly timbre but never a digeridoo! I hate you Edward Elgar!

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    IMO, is the bassoon the most exciting instrument for contemporary music (just check out Gubaidulina's duo and concerto). Beautiful old pieces exist (as Weber's concerto) but are very few.

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    I play bassoon! ^_^

    I'm surprised to find a forum where a topic was created for it, that wasn't by me. XD
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    Bassoons are excellent! I have to say that after hearing Elgar's Romance for bassoon and orchestra and Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata.

    Have you seen the 'Midsomer Murders', the detective stories? The composer of the film music for these likes the bassoon very much, and uses it in an amazing way.
    ''Oh, the String Quartet - oh, the Divine Scratching!''

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    Thanx for that saturnas! i know my teacher has the music for saint saens sonata but the legar romance i was unaware of. at the moment i am playing the 2nd movement of mozarts concerto and its glorious. it truelyt makes the basson sound beautiful.
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    error thanx for that LIZST FREAK
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    Bassoon compared to didgeridoo? My brother hit the nail on the head when he said the Bassoon was a technologically advanced didge!
    There is a huge disparity between Master players with well made instruments, and the tourist who picks up a cheap instrument while 'down under'. IMO a well played didge is one of the most elemental, moving and primeval sounds. Right up there with thunder and a roaring fire. I LOVE the Bassoon too.
    I've been in Australia 25 years now and can only remember hearing one "Master" It was absolutely hypnotic. (he was playing in a shopping center!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar View Post
    Yes I must admit - the bassoon has its charms but the best woodwind instrument is definetly the oboe. It has a sweet timbre, wheras the bassoon is more like the timbre of a digeridoo!
    Clarinet is the best. It is an upgrade of the oboe.

    Concerning the bassoon, I mainly like it when used as a bass in woodwind work for example. (e.g. Reicha's wind quintets)
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    when you talk about "Woodwinds" and compare oboe, clarinet and bassoon ...
    Cast your mind back - (to between 60 and 100,000 years ago) depending on which Scholars/Archeoligists you believe in ! ... There were people who made musical instruments out of wood. (hollowed out tree branches) The Didgeredoo. Now THAT is a real wood wind.
    It's made out of wood and you have to use wind (breath) to play it. I'm not advocating that you seek out and listen to Didgeredoo music - because it's too obscure and you might come upon an inferior recording. (remember my previous post - I've been here in Oz 25 years and only heard one real "Master" - in a shopping center!)
    Just to point out that the Didge would be the father/mother/forerunner of any and all "Woodwinds". If you're lucky you might find a good recording of this elemental musical instrument.

    cheers from Oz,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handel View Post
    Clarinet is the best. It is an upgrade of the oboe.

    Concerning the bassoon, I mainly like it when used as a bass in woodwind work for example. (e.g. Reicha's wind quintets)
    An upgrade?

    You're joking right? The clarinet's a downgrade. XD I'm just kidding, but oboes, in my opinion sound a lot better then the clarinet.
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    When it comes to double reeds, I just can't get past Peter and the Wolf.

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    Has anyone heard Julius Roentgen's Bassoon Sonata or Launy Valdemar Groendahl's Bassoon Concerto? Delightful works.
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