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for bassoon

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  2005
Duration:  9m


This solo for bassoon is in three contrasting sections, connected by brief interludes. The first section features a rapid repeated melodic figure; this reappears in different guises and dynamic levels. In the second part a cantabile melody is heard over a low ostinato of a perfect fifth. The third and most lively section is what I term a 'rhythmic variation'; a repeated melody where the pitches remain constant while the rhythmic values change with each subsequent repetition. A melodic development leads to a short coda revisiting the figure heard at the beginning of the piece. Written for and dedicated to Ben Hoadley, in friendship.

Dedication note

To Ben Hoadley

Performance history

14 Jun 2007: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon); Central Public Library, Auckland