Bassoon Solo Passages Soar
solos are awesome. If you’re in disbelief of that fact, check
out Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring opening, or Elgar’s
1909 Romance. Even Mozart
appreciated the unique qualities of this fascinating instrument,
as witnessed in his Bassoon Concerto in Bb (K191).
bassoon has a range
of about three and a half octaves. Many major improvements were
a direct result of the innovations of Charles-Joseph Sax (1791-1865)
and his son, Adolphe. Another prominent name in the bassoon industry
was the Hechel family, whose efforts in the nineteenth century produced
refinements to the instrument that are still used in present day
bassoon (also known as a contrabassoon) is deep! It’s lower
in pitch by one octave, when compared with a regular bassoon.
big name in the bassoon world was Archie Camden (1888-1979). Today,
he is perhaps most famous for his book entitled Bassoon Technique.