Fantasia for Bassoon

A challenge with composing for instruments that you can’t play is that it’s not always easy to find musicians that are eager to provide feedback or that can bring your composition to life. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky to have some fine musicians reach out to me and offer to review, play, and record my pieces. One example is this solo piece for bassoon. The musician (Dr. Kristilyn Woods) not only provided great feedback on the composition itself, but also posted this video to YouTube of her performing the piece beautifully.


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The subtitle of this song is ‘Sorrow’ and for good reason: it is a very sad piece in D minor. The main form is A-B-A, and the time signature is 2/4. The A theme is a soulful, free melody. It is developed in different registers, first low, then high, and then the key rapidly modulates to C major to start the B section. The B section is more hopeful and is made of running 8th notes. The melody gets faster and more dramatic and then slows down and returns in C minor. The key changes again to D major, but then the sad A theme comes back in D minor. After the A theme is repeated, a short unhappy coda finishes the piece.

To conclude this post, I just want to say Thank You to all the musicians that have helped me develop my composing skills. Your help has and will always be appreciated and I look forward to working with you (and others like you) in the future.

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