Die Moldau by Bedrich Smetana represents a river that flows through Prague. It’s in compound meter and has sixteenth notes running constantly in the accompaniment parts, which gives the piece a flowing feeling. I set the viola line into the bassoon 3 part which is pretty busy but fun.
The ‘big melody’ of this movement is a tune called “La Mantovana” dating from the sixteenth century. It has been used in many pieces, my favorite being Hatikvah which is the national anthem of Israel.
The PDF of my bassoon quintet arrangement is here: