Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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To my delight, I have found that the bassoon is a remarkable solo instrument with a wide range of expressive power. An artist-virtuoso can perform just about anything on the bassoon, from fluid, vocal, signing lines to wildly virtuosic fast passages. Perhaps more than any other instrument, the bassoon is able to suggest a single line breaking into multiple voices, even at breakneck speed.

My concerto calls on all of these abilities, plus the ability to respond to the orchestra (the bassoon even has a significant relationship to the percussion). But, above all, I have tried to write more than an instrumental exercise, but through the bassoon to make a highly personal musical statement.

The first movement, mostly slow in tempo, grows out of the lyric, singing and dramatic qualities of the bassoon, with a brisk allegro between the slow sections. Th second movement is mostly very fast, interrupted by a virtuoso cadenza that begins by recalling the slow music of the first movement.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1992
Duration 17:00
Orchestration Solo Bsn.; 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 0 - 2 1 1 0; 1Perc. Str.Note: Percussion (1 player) part available for performance with Bsn./Pno. red.
Premiere 13,14,15,16 May, 1993. Nancy Goeres, Bassoon. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

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