The Obstacle Bassoon Concertino
In the low range and for true heroes.
This little Concerto was comissioned by the Stadtstreicher Orchester Wien and quite a challenge to write.
It has been composed for
– a motivated soloist and
– very passionate string players,
– all age 8-12.
But very passionate!
Further obstacles on the way:
– Everyone wants to play melody.
For practicing accompaniment is boring! Who in the world would do that??
– As few rests as possible.
Rests are problematic. Lots of passion creates not much patience to wait.
Or even to count!?
– String instrument beginners are amaaaazing. In the 1st position.
And probably in 3rd.
– Open strings are fantastic! Flats are the enemy.
They require strange hand positions (low 1st finger!?).
– The soloist was a beginner as well. Very passionate!
But with slightly clumsy fingers. Fast notes… caused a node in his brain and hands.
– And last not least: The soloist LOVES Hummel Concerto.
It should sound a little bit like it.
And now with all of this, let’s relax and happily compose what I would call
a complete “work-around-Concertino”.
Good luck with that!?
I really did try my very best and turned Hummel into Grummel (=grumble),
made some sketches without flats, with many open strings, few rests, with melody for everyone and no low 1st finger – and the whole shindig in super easy without scary quick notes.
But WITH lots of opportunity to bluntly show passion!
I was quite nervous if what I was writing was any good.
It turned out people loved it, the benevolent audience, the motivated soloist and the very passionate string players as well.
After we did the premiere I felt a little like a zoo animal. Cameras from everywhere on me.
Even on the metro they asked if I would pose beside a little passionate string player…
Hope you like this thing, too.
Concertino 1st Movement, Moderato (Klavierauszug)
Concertino 3rd Movement, Ostinato (Original Streichersatz)
Concertino – 24,90 €
bassoon and piano (piano reduction)
Catalogue No. AM 226
You need the orchstra parts? Shoot me an Email!
Those parts are not in print, but I gladly send you the music in loose sheets that you can use them. The original parts are: Bn, Vl 1, Vl2, Vla (=Vl3), Vc, Cb (ab libitum).