St. Louis Symphony is auditioning Contrabassoonists. The audition is on May 1 and the position starts August 2016. The symphony recently posted the repertoire list, but not yet the sheet music. I’m posting it here because I think it’s useful for people who aren’t taking the audition to see what is on the list. As a student I used to prepare audition lists as if I was going to attend.
The exposition of the second movement of the Mozart Concerto is asked which isn’t typical. Also multiple Shostakovich excerpts are on the list which can be hard to get a hold of.
I finally got to perform the Franck Sonata, which I had just been practicing for fun. This was originally a violin sonata and was such a great piece that cellists began to play it as well. I am playing off of the Jules Desart edition of the Cello Sonata which works on the Contraforte just fine. The Pianist is Britton Day (who is amazing!)
Here is a recent performance of the Brahms Cello Sonata no. 1 in e minor. This was a recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on October 25, 2015.
San Francisco composer Joe Colombo wrote a great new piece which premiered with the Elevate Ensemble last month. A wind trio for piccolo, oboe, and contraforte drawing inspiration from Beethoven, Ravel and Xenakis (B:R:X)
Conductor: Chad Goodman
Piccolo: Bethanne Walker
Oboe: Sydne Sullivan
Contraforte: Kris King
I am giving a Contraforte Recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on October 25 at 8pm. This is in the main concert hall, open to the public, and free. The program will be..
Brahms Cello Sonata no. 1 e minor
Erb Red Hot Duets for two Contrabassoons
Franck Cello Sonata
I’m not normally a fan of orchestrating piano music, but I just found this orchestration of Wagner’s Fantasia in F# minor and I had to share it. This is arranged for oboe, bassoon, and string quintet. Have a listen!
Legere has been making some great bassoon reeds! but they left out us contra players. So this is a video on making plastic reeds from a commonly found item, a Slurpee!
This contraforte is rentable! I have been so lucky in the last few years to get some great gigs but I can’t do every one of them. Many times there are enough bassoon players in the section to cover all of the parts but no one has a contra. So I rent out the contraforte on a short term basis. To rent the horn I need a few weeks notice and the player is required to come to the house for a brief lesson on assembly and maintenance. The rental is for use in California only, pricing is based on the project.
If you are interested in renting the contra just send me a message through the “connect” page