This is my arrangement of Symphony Fantastique movement 4, March to the Scaffold. This contains a passage which is one of our great bassoon excerpts, originally it’s for the entire bassoon section to play as a 4 player soli. But I set it here as 3 bassoons 1 contra with the other parts playing the pizz. string lines. I think that this arrangement would also work if played on all bassoons without contras.
Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote a series of 9 suites inspired by the composition style and harmonic procedures of JS Bach. Each of them is set with a different instrumentation and include traditional Brazilian folk tunes as well as popular melodies from 1930-1940.
Number 5 is for soprano and an orchestra of cellos. The original cello parts are divided into 4 cello parts with 2 players playing each part. In my video I stop before the middle section (because I didn’t want to deal with looping myself tempo changes)
Dvorak’s Serenade for winds is a piece that doesn’t get programmed enough. There is a whole catalogue of repertoire for large wind chamber ensembles that mostly goes unplayed, this work is one that gets a little more attention.
There are two passages of running sixteenth notes which originally trade off between bassoon, cello, and clarinet. I changed the voicing of this material to make it more bassoonable.
This Violin concerto by Vivaldi is well known and gets a lot of air time especially in commercials. I thought that it would be funny to set for bassoon quartet since the bassoon has a specific kind of dry articulation. There are some measures cut from the original to make it more bassoon friendly.
The pdf to the sheet music is here:
Violin RV 315 pdf
Scarlatti keyboard sonatas are a staple for harpsichord and piano players, and a few of them fit well on wind instruments. K.517 is quick but its also fairly simple and repetitive.
I have been arranging and recording some music during this 2020 quarantine period. So I wanted to make the arrangements freely available, I will be posting more of them in the next few weeks.
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Partita No. 2 BWV 1004
On Heckel Contrabassoon #1002 (I can’t play BWV 1002 lol)
Here is the holiday live stream! If you watch the video on youtube there is a program listing with time stamps in the description.
On Saturday April 7 at 7:30 Keyed Kontraptions has a concert at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church. We will play works by Yangfan Xu, Bryan Lin, Sarah Wald, Joseph Columbo, and Lily Chen. The program is varied including elements of aleatory, minimalism, and some juicy woodwind extended techniques!