Minuet in C for Bassoon

Days after our saxophone playing exchange student returned home, our next exchange student arrived from France – with bassoon in hand. This was another great opportunity to practice composing for the bassoon and I wasn’t about to let that opportunity pass me by. The result is this piece entitled ‘Minuet in C for Bassoon’ which you can see us performing in the accompanying video.


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The song is structured in A-B-A form with the key being C major. The A theme is a lyrical, smooth melody in 3/4 time. After some development of the theme, a dramatic passage in C minor leads into part B, which is set in 4/4 time. The elegant theme, in the key of F, rapidly changes into a climactic march in D minor. Then, the key modulates back to C major, and we hear the B theme one more time. The A part is played again, and the passage in C minor too, but instead of going to part B again, it leads to a short and beautiful coda to finish the piece.

I can’t wait to see what instruments next year’s exchange students can play. Maybe we’d even consider you if you’re a student and can play an instrument or sing reasonably well. If you’re interested, please leave a comment below.

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