Mysteries and Mistakes: a Summary of Three Pieces Performed on a Graduate Bassoon Recital
Gascon, Andrew C.
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This paper will revolve around the theme of mistakes and uncertainty, specifically relating to three pieces in the standard bassoon solo literature. These minute inconsistencies, endearing idiosyncrasies, and mysterious contradictions make for interesting stories and interpretation. Perhaps it is fitting that these pieces are written for the bassoon, one of the most eccentric instruments in the orchestra. The theme of mistakes is used to explore the subtopics of history, musical analysis, and performance techniques. The pieces discussed are Elgar’s Romance Op. 62, Vivaldi’s Concerto in E Minor RV 484, and Dutilleux’s Sarabande et Cortège. These pieces were performed across two recitals for completion of the degree of Master of Music in Bassoon Performance.