Music Appreciation – The Bassoon

The Bassoon is the largest and lowest sounding member of the woodwind family except, of course, when the contrabassoon is asked to play. This much bigger bassoon can play a whole octave lower. The sound of the bassoon is sometimes expressive like an oboe, sometimes funny, and sometimes gruff. It all depends on the music it is asked to play. Two of the most popular symphonic solos for the bassoon include the theme for grandfather in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and the opening solo in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Songs featuring the bassoon:

  • Grandfather Takes Peter Home
  • Grandfather – Peter and the Wolf
  • The Rite of Spring
  • Sonata for Bassoon and Piano – Saint-Saëns
  • Ciranda das sete notas – Villa-Lobos
  • Ludwig Milde – Concert No2 for bassoon and piano

    Vivaldi Concertos for Bassoon I Azzolini

    Enjoy!

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    One thought on “Music Appreciation – The Bassoon

    1. gallivance.net says:

      Brenda, I used to love playing the bassoon. It was like I got to express my true quirky character. 🙂 I think the theme for grandfather in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is what got me interested to begin with. My instructor taught me how to make my own reeds, but I decided I needed to leave that to the pros. ~Terri

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