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Bassoon Opening - London Euphonia

Submitted on October 15, 2013
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Name: Dario Peluso

Email: info@londoneuphonia.com

Dear Musicians,

I apologise for the group email.

We are currently looking for additional strings (double bass, violas and cellos mainly, but also violins), 1 bassoon, trombone I and II, tuba, percussions and piano for the London Euphonia Orchestra's third concert which will be in St. Sepulchre's Church (Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ) on Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm. Ideally we are looking for new members, but please let me know if you are available only as a dep, definitely!

Our programme will be:

Gabriel Faure:
Pavane
Pelleas et Melisande Suite

Aram Khachaturian:
Adagio from Spartacus
Masquerade Suite

This is the full schedule of rehearsals:

Thursday 17 October, St Mary Aldermary (Watling St, London, Greater London EC4M 9BW)
Tuesday 22 October, St Mary Aldermary
Tuesday 29 October, St Mary Aldermary
Tuesday 5 November, St Mary Aldermary
Tuesday 12 November, St Mary Aldermary
Friday 15 November, St Sepulchre
Saturday 16 November (pm - time TBC), St Sepulchre

Our first two concerts were very successful and we really enjoyed preparing for them, in a very relaxed and friendly environment. We have a subscription fee for our members which is £45 (concessions £25).

Please let me know if you have any questions and it would be really amazing if you could forward this to any others who might be interested. I am sure you appreciate how much hard work this is, and therefore I am very thankful for any help :)

I look forward to hearing back from you!

Dario Peluso



Bassoon Opening - London Euphonia

Submitted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 07:31:49
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Name: Dario Peluso

Email: info@londoneuphonia.com

Your question: Hi,

My name is Dario Peluso and I am one of the founders of the London Euphonia, a new amateur orchestra based in the City of London. This is an incredibly exciting project for us and we currently have a vacancy for bassoon.

If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch at the following address: info@londoneuphonia.com

We have a website which is still under construction and is not as polished as we would like, but all the key information is there: www.londoneuphonia.com

This is a very exciting project but also hard work, therefore any help is much appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.

Best wishes,
Dario Peluso
Conductor and Musical Director



Finding Replacement Keys for Linton Bassoons

Submitted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 16:53:06
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Name: Frank Thurkauf

Email: fhthurkauf@nemc.com

Your question: I am in dire need for a high C key and key rod for a Linton 5k or 6k Bassoon. If you happen to have one (new or used) I would be very interested in purchasing those. If you can steer me in a direction to where I can obtain these parts, I would also be interested.

Thank you very much for your help and assistance.

Sincerely,
Frank Thurkauf, Repair Dept. Supervisor

Response:

Unfortunately, Linton has closed their doors due to illness and they are no longer in business. As a result, any resources or information concerning their instruments have been removed along with their web site and finding parts for their bassoons is very difficult.

However, Fox also made similar smaller student bassoons as did Linton for students with small hands and fewer keys and maybe the following information will be of some help. If you go to Fox's web page concerning your particular instrument, they might have a key that is the correct size and configuration that would fit.

http://www.foxproducts.com/

http://www.foxproducts.com/index.php/instruments/bassoons/model-51-renard

Maybe a reader of this bulletin board has more information about where to obtain Linton parts and could respond.



Bassoon Auditions - November 9, 2012 - Monterey Symphony

Submitted on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:26:41
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Name: Edmund Feingold
Email: edfeingold@montereysymphony.org

Your question: I am writing to see if you would distribute a bassoon vacancy/audition listing for Monterey Symphony. We will be holding auditions on November 19, 2012. The job posting and excerpts can be found at the following site:
http://www.montereysymphony.org/about-us/employment/

Best wishes,

Edmund Feingold



Bassoon Parts and Music Available

Submitted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 15:29:38
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Name: Michael Allen
Email: runner_mike@comcast.net

My grandfather was a master bassoonist and I have a significant number of bassoon components, heckel bocals, reeds, reed making tools and cut and uncut cane. Also I have music dating back to the 1850s. I would like some ideas on how I can sell these items. Not looking to make a lot of money just would like to see the items put to good use. Thanks for your help.



"Hardwood" - the new wind quintet commissioned by IDRS

Submitted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:27:07
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Name: Lansing
Email: lmcloskey@miami.edu

IDRS-commissioned wind quintet at IDRS last week:

For those who missed it, "Hardwood" - the new wind quintet commissioned by IDRS, the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Horn Society - was co-premiered at IDRS last week by Madera Wind Quintet.

If anyone is interested in seeing/hearing the piece, you can view or download the score and stream the audio online here:

http://www.lansingmcloskey.com/hardwood.html

Following the co-premiere at IDRS, Marc Fink (oboist and former President of IDRS), wrote: "Hardwood is a wonderful quintet and a very significant contribution to the woodwind quintet repertoire. ... I think that the piece is as difficult and as appealing as John Harbison's "Woodwind Quintet" (1980)."

It's also being co-premiered at ICA by Konza Wind Quintet on Aug. 4th and by Imani Winds at the NFA "Gala Concert" on Aug. 10th, should any of you be attending either of those. If you do, please do introduce yourself; it would be a pleasure to meet you!

Sincerely,
Lansing McLoskey

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Associate Professor of Composition, Frost School of Music, University of Miami
2011 Goddard Lieberson Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Letters
Composer-in-Residence, 2012 Missouri Chamber Music Festival
Composer-in-Residence, 2011 soundSCAPE Festival, Maccagno, Italy
http://www.lansingmcloskey.com



Puchner original model #5891

Submitted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 10:50:32
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Name: Bill
Email: sbillvic@gmail.com

Can you give the information you have on Puchner original model #5891. Thank you

Response:

I don't have any real information on this particular bassoon. Puchner did not officially record serial numbers until starting with #6000 in 1960. I am guessing that this instrument would have been constructed between 1955 and 1960 just after they had built their new workshop following World War II in Nauheim on Beethonvenstasse. This is where they have continued to build bassoons to today.

After the war they didn't make bassoons right away because of a shortage of seasoned, dry wood:

"The shortage of dry seasoned wood hindered the construction of new instruments. In this time we fashioned for ourselves a source of trade by making motorcycle horns, music stands and clarinet mouthpieces from India rubber", Walter Puchner explains. "Then an opportunity arose to buy a supply of older wood, which had been stored for more than ten years, and the making of clarinets, shortly followed by oboes and finally bassoons could be recommenced."

I hope this helps. You might try to contact them directly and see if they can give you any information about your specific instrument.


Here is their contact information:

J. Püchner Spezial-Holzblasinstrumentebau GmbH
Beethovenstraße 18, D-64569 Nauheim
Postfach 1362, D-64563 Nauheim
Germany
Phone (49) 6152 6725, Fax (49) 6152 62808
E-Mail puchner@puchner.com


I have posted your inquiry here. Maybe someone who reads this will have more information for you.

All the best in your music.



Kinhaven Music School

Submitted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 21:54:41
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Name: Marty Knieriem
Email: Sandmart@verizon.net

Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vt, is currently seeking bassoonists for the Junior Session, which will be held August 11-26, 2012. Junior Session is for students who are currently in or have just completed Grades 4-8.

Kinhaven is a wonderful 2 week music camp experience with a long history of emphasizing chamber music, wind ensemble, full and string orchestras daily, as well as living in community with professional musicians and teachers. Students and their families can also see more about what Kinhaven is on our website, www.kinhaven.org. Interested students may apply online and can make and send a confidential YouTube link very easily.

There is some scholarship money available.



Arias with obbligato bassoon

Submitted on May 18, 2012 9:30:54 PM MDT
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Name: Jim Stockigt
Email: jrs@netspace.net.au

Dear colleagues,

This is to give you up-dated information about my website which gives details of baroque and classical vocal works in which bassoon appears as an obbligato or prominent continuo instrument.

http://www.jimstockigtinfo.com/arias_with_obbligato_bassoon/

A separate link on the website lists arias in which oboe and bassoon appear together. About 400 arias are listed, by almost 100 composers. Scores and parts of many works are available for downloading. Highlights of the collection are:

  • Listing of almost 400 arias with obbligato bassoon from circa 1690-1850.
  • An aria from Handel?s Messiah in a 1786 version with obbligato bassoon.
  • Tuba Mirum from the Mozart Requiem published by Breitkopf in 1800 with solo bassoon.
  • Arias with virtuoso obbligati by the Bach sons, Naumann, Righini, Sacchini, Himmel and Paisiello.
  • About 40 Telemann arias with obbligato bassoon(s).
  • Over 20 Handel arias with obbligato bassoon(s).
  • In nine Steffani operas, there are 19 arias with obbligato bassoon; 16 scores are on-line here
  • A Vienna collection of 12 arias with obbligato bassoon(s) by Fux, Caldara and their contemporaries.
  • Over 60 arias with obbligato bassoon by Christoph Graupner and Georg Gebel.
  • YouTube links to performances of many arias with prominent bassoon parts.
  • Links to scores or solo parts for over 80 arias.

I look forward to your comments, additions and corrections and hope that you have a chance to make this wonderful repertoire more widely known.

Best wishes

Jim Stockigt
PO Box 193, Parkville 3052
(Melbourne) Victoria, Australia



Meinhart Model Heckel

Submitted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 15:41:17
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Name: Gaston Malloy
Email: ninette6@cox.net

I have a beautiful bassoon with a stamp MADE IN GERMANY. It also has the following: MEINHART MODEL HECKEL BEIBRICH, GERMANY SERIAL NUMBER-10146. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

Response:

Gaston,

Thank you for your inquiry about the Meinhart model bassoon. According to Steve Layden on the IDRS Forum, Meinhart bassoons were built by the Schreiber company for the Heckel factory. This was during a short period during the late 1970s when school music programs were expanding rapidly and instrument makers such as Fox and Linton were introducing student model bassoons. Heckel saw this as an emerging market and wanted to take advantage of it. With the Heckel name attached to these instruments, they were sold for a premium above their Schreiber counterparts but the Meinhart model never made enough money for Heckel to continue with it.

As long as the bassoon has been taken care of and maintained they usually offer a decent, inexpensive beginner bassoon and today you can find Schreibers and Schreiber Meinharts from this time frame for just under $3000.

I tried to research Schreiber serial numbers but other than contacting the company, the only resource seems to be in a book by Maarten Vonk called "A Bundle of Joy" (p.37). The list starts in 1966 with serial numbers 9409 - 10013. I have not seen the book or the actual list but I am guessing that your bassoon would be one of those built in the mid to late 1970's. According to Vonk, Schreiber bassoons since 2006 are now being built in Markneukirchen, Germany. However, I believe the address below is a more recent address for the company.

If you want to contact Schreiber directly here is their information. They may request photos of the instrument:

Wenzel Schreiber & Söhne, GmbH
Holzblas Instrumentenbau
Industriestraße 17
64569 NAUHEIM/Groß-Gerau
Germany
Telephone: 0 61 52 6305-0
Fax: 0 61 52 6305 55

I have posted your inquiry here. Maybe someone who reads this will have more information for you.

All the best in your music.



Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London

Submitted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 06:45:09
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Name: Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London
Email: web@swon.org.uk

Your question: Hello, we're SWON, a friendly amateur wind band based in East Finchley in London. We're on the look out for some new members to fill in some gaps for this term which starts next Tuesday 24th April. We're especially keen to find a bassoonist or two.

We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings, do 1-2 performances a term and plan on going on tour next year! We're looking for people who want to join us properly (we have deps as and when we need already) who would like to play with us. Grade 7+ prefered, but if you're an enthusiastic improver, we'd still love to have you. There's no audition process.

For more information about our band, please visit our website, http://www.swon.org.uk/

Thanks for reading!
-SWON



The Virtuosi Quintet at St. Malachy's (The Actors Chapel)

Submitted on Friday, March 2, 2012 3:30:44 PM MST
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Name: James Jeter, Bassoon
Email: jyjeter@lycos.com

James Jeter invites you to "The Virtuosi Quintet at St. Malachy's (The Actors Chapel)"

The Virtuosi Quintet at St. Malachy's (The Actors Chapel) Sunday, March 25 at 3:00pm Location: 239 West 49th Street, between 8th/7th Avenues, New York, NY

The Virtuosi Quintet will perform a concert of wind works, featuring the world premiere of Jim Lahti's "Woodwind Quintet" and works of Bach, Reicha, Bozza and Grieg on Sunday, March 25th at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20.00, General Admission, $10.00, Seniors/Students - proceeds to go to the church's pipe organ restoration fund.
Contact: 212-489-1340

http://www.virtuosiquintet.com/

Central New Jersey Bassoonists

Submitted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 16:48:36
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Name: Ira Kraemer
Email: Orchestradirector1@yahoo.com

The Young Players Philharmonic is seeking 2 bassoonists for its Spring Concert on May 13, 2012. A great opportunity for advanced bassoon students to play a challenging program.

All information plus program are posted on our web site: http://www.ypphilharmonic.org

In the event that no students are available the Young Players Philharmonic will on a limited basis hire,freelance professional or competent avocational players for several rehearsals and concert.

Please contact the music director at: orchestradirector1@yahoo.com



New Composition for Eleven Woodwinds - Just Completed

Submitted on Tuesday, February 6, 2012
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Name: Bob Riggs
Email: reedsqueeker@yahoo.com

I just completed a project using eleven woodwinds. It's on the sound byte page on my website.

Click on Mabel's Dream. http://www.reedartist.com/saxophone_sound_clips



THE 10th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2012 in Karuizawa

Submitted on January 4, 2012 11:38:27 PM MST
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To Whom It May Concern,

We, Sony Music Foundation, are hosting THE 10th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITON OF JAPAN 2012 in Karuizawa in September next year. The Competition is being held triennially since 1985, and to date, the prize winners have taken the position of the principal oboists of such world famous orchestra as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Deutsche Opera Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

We would like to ask for your kind cooperation in informing about this Competition to your friends, oboists, teachers, students who may be interested in learning about it and possibly in its participation. You could find details of the Competition on our website and you could download the Participation Requirements and the Application Form from our website: http://oboeck.jp Should you request for print brochures or posters, please let us know and how many.

Thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation in this matter.

Dates

Period for application: February 1(Wed) through April 2(Mon), 2012 (must arrive by this date)
Preliminary Screening with recorded materials(closed to public): April, 2012
Registration: September 27(Thu) , 2012
First Round: September 30(Sun), October 1(Mon) , 2012
Second Round: October 3(Wed) 4(Thu) 5(Fri) , 2012
Final Round and Award Presentation Ceremony: October 7(Sun) , 2012
Prize Winners and Jury Concert: October 8(Mon, Holiday) , 2012

Place

Karuizawa Ohga Hall, Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (altitude: 1,000m)

Chairman of Jury

Hansjoerg SCHELLENBERGER?Oboist, Conductor

Jury Members

Maurice BOURGUE, Oboist
Ken-ichi FURUBE, Principal Oboist of the New Japan Philharmonic
Gordon HUNT, Solo Oboist of the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra
Yoshiaki OBATA, Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts
Norbert TAEUBL, Clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic
Masaru YOSHIDA, Principal Bassoonist of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
(in alphabetical order)

Best regards,

Secretariat (in charge: Chie Takezawa)
Sony Music Foundation
JS-Ichigaya Bldg, 7F, 5-1 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076 Japan
TEL: +81-3-3261-9933 FAX: +81-3-3261-9898
THE 10th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITON OF JAPAN 2012 in Karuizawa
e-mail: info@oboeck.jp URL: http://oboeck.jp



Ramsey Wind Symphony Seeking Bassoon Player

Submitted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:10:40
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Name: Music Director
Email: musicdirector@ramseywindsymphony.org

Seeking Bassoon player. We are one of the NY/NJ regions most established wind groups. The Ramsey Wind Symphony is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for qualified individuals to renew, maintain and develop their interests and talents in the performing arts by participating in a positive and uplifting musical environment. Since its inception in 1986, the Ramsey Wind Symphony has served Northern Jersey and Rockland and surrounding communities for more than two decades, playing a wide range of repertoire of traditional and popular music for many who would otherwise be unable to access such an experience. The season is comprised of regular Wednesday evening rehearsals, and a series of indoor and outdoor concerts, including the annual Ramsey Fourth of July Celebration and Ramsey Day (a festive/carnival day celebrating the end of the summer in Ramsey). The Ramsey Wind Symphony focuses on love of music, craft, enthusiasm, constancy of commitment and effort, the highest possible artistic excellence, and a desire to share the joy of music. The Wind Symphony strives to create an atmosphere of accessibility within the community, warmth, challenge and encouragement for its participants, and audience. We invite all who love intensely inspiring and expressive live symphonic music to join us in our pursuits.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at 7:45pm in Ramsey, NJ.

Ramsey Wind Symphony, NY/NJ Regions



Bassoon Bonanza Workshop, Summer 2011

Submitted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 23:38:37
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Name: Richard Ramey
Email:

Hello,

Would it be possible to include a link to my bassoon camp that will be held this summer? If so, then here is the information: (for the Societies, camps, etc. section)

Bassoon Bonanza Workshop
and the link is this:

http://www.bassoonbonanza.com

Thanks.

Richard Ramey



Playing with a Finger Injury

Submitted on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 21:01:44
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Name: Rondia
Email:

I wanted to pick up playing music again after many years. The problem is I lost part of my left index finger in an accident. Would this disadvantage keep me from playing a bassoon again? If not where do I need to go to have an instrument changed so that I can play music again?


Response:

I see no reason why you would not be able to play again. It would, of course, depend on the extent of damage to your finger and which finger it is, but there might be a special plateau key that could be added to your bassoon to make it possible for you to play again in this particular instance. Here's a section from an article by Chip Owen which describes and talks about plateau keys:

Bassoon Modifications for Small Hands
Chip Owen
Fox Products Corporation

"Plateau Key

This is always the first alteration that should be considered for small hands. Easing the stretch needed to close the third finger hole of the wing joint can improve the comfort of playing. It also makes access to the high C and D keys easier for the left thumb. For many persons adding a plateau key is all that is required. A plateau key is easily added at any time in the life of any bassoon.

By definition, a plateau key is simply a padded key that closes a hole that would otherwise be closed directly by a finger. Technically, the low E (or pancake key) is a plateau key; it is needed because the tone hole under it is too large for a person?s thumb to close it. In general usage for bassoons, the term ?plateau key? with no other information always refers to the plateau key for the third finger hole of the wing joint, replacing the normal ring key.

Plateau keys are often considered ?student? keys. Many players avoid them with the idea that only a real ring key should be considered ?correct.? This idea is wrong. The plateau key is used to make reaches more comfortable for small hands. Small hands are more common among students but adults can also have small hands.

It is possible to have a plateau key made in addition to a ring key. The two keys can be made so that they can be interchanged. It is necessary to reverse the direction of the spring tension and to check the adjustment of the key when the other key is installed. Plateau keys can also be made for other open finger holes. In general, these are strongly discouraged. They can get mechanically complicated and can cause more trouble than they are worth. They are appropriate for persons with special needs, for instance, for persons with nerve damage that can no longer feel the finger holes to know that they are actually closing the holes properly..."

In the article he talks about keys that are made in addition to a ring key and that can be switched out. If your injury is minimal, this might be the answer and a simple fix. If your injury is more severe then you would probably need to have a special key made to fit your particular situation. Depending on the brand of your instrument you might want to contact the maker first and ask what the possibilities are. To find out about having a special key cast, one of the Bassoon repairmen listed on the Links page might be able to help. If too much of the finger is missing then there might be a need for a prosthetic device in combination with the plateau key. This goes beyond my expertise and you would need to contact someone in the medical field.



Bassoon and Double Bass Duet by Klaus George Roy

Submitted on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 23:58:50 PM MDT
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Name: PNeher
Email: info@isgpublications.com

ISG Music www.isgmusic.com publishes a wonderful duet for bassoon and double bass composed by the late Klaus George Roy, titled "Duet in Ancient Style." I think your readers would be interested. Cheers!



Bassoon Quartet Now Published

Submitted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 16:55:18 PM MDT
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Name: Joseph M Russo
Email: JoeRusso11@mail.com

Hello,
I thought your readers might be interested in my new composition ?In The Woods? for bassoon quartet.
This is a tonal work in three movements.
You may learn more about it ? and hear a computer generated rendition of the work ? at my website:
http://josephmrusso-composermusician.blogspot.com/
Information about the piece can be found by scrolling down to the "May 19, 2010" post.
Joseph Russo



BASSOONINTENSIVE!

Submitted on January 16, 2010 11:55:09 PM MST
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Name: Jesse Read
Email: jesse.read@ubc.ca

BASSOONINTENSIVE! A week-long bassoon experience with Jesse Read, and the Principal Bassoonists of the Vancouver Symphony, Julia Lockhart, Principal of the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada, Sophie Dansereau, Contrabassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony.

Special guests: Harlequin-the Bassoon Quartet, and the Proart Ensemble, a professional 12-player bassoon ensemble from Taipei, Taiwan.

Orchestral audition preparation, solo repertoire, bassoon in ensemble, contra bassoon, baroque bassoon, extended techniques, private and group lessons, recitals, readings and gala concert and more.

School of Music, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada July 13-19

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with mountains, hiking, ocean exploration, sailing, and striking, magnificent scenery.

Information: http://summer.music.ubc.ca or jesse.read@ubc.ca



Puchner Serial Numbers

Submitted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 7:06:36
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Name: Peg Weissbrod
Email:

Does anyone know how to determine the approximate age of a Puchner bassoon from its serial number? I saw a chart online years ago but can no longer find it. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.


Response:

I am not familiar with the chart that you talked about in your email, but I have contacted a Puchner representative to see if the company has any information. I do have limited information about some of the serial numbers and when they were built but let me see if I get a response from Puchner. Hopefully, they will provide something that is more complete.

Update: After several emails back and forth and with Peg's help we have a chart that shows the year and corresponding serial numbers for Puchner instruments. A chart from Howarth of London has been posted here.
Many thanks to Peg for her help in finding and sending this information.



The Bassoon Can Play Higher

Submitted on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:41:23
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Name: steph
Email:

the bassoon can reach up to a treble F


Response:

You are absolutely correct in that the bassoon can go higher than normally called for in the repertoire. However, it requires special consideration to be able to play the higher notes - for instance, using a harder reed, changing the embouchure to incorporate the teeth, and in some cases, adding special keys to the instrument (although there are alternate fingerings for instruments without those keys). Also important is the condition and ability of the particular instrument itself. So anything written above the treble E is rare and requires advanced technique for the regular bassoonist.

There have been fingerings actually developed for the bassoon that go up to C#6 (a full octave above the solo written in Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"). Here is a link to some of those fingerings as provided by the IDRS:
http://www.idrs.org/resources/BSNFING/fingnote.htm

Experimentation is also being done now to expand into the multiphonic range. Leslie Ross has captured some of those fingerings and they can be found at the link below along with sound clips for each one:
http://www.leslieross.net/multies1T.html



Keeping Reeds "Young"

Submitted on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 11:29:38
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Name: Joe McDaniel
Email:

Suggestion for keeping reeds "young:" I soak my reeds in a mixture of about 25% hydrogen peroxide and 75% water. This keeps the "gunk" build-up under control, stops all mold, and my reeds last for a very long time (I typically buy 10 and play them for a year or more. Only problem is that the liquid must be kept in a screw-top bottle or it will leak!



Reed Adjustment for Decrescendos and Pianissimos

Submitted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 23:03:58
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Name: Rachel
Email:

Hi,
I have only been making reeds for a relatively short while so I'm still learning the finer points. I have some reasonable reeds right now - nice tone, good intonation - but am finding that the sound stops too soon on decrescendos. Is there something I can do to help (adjust the wires in some way, more scrape in a particular place etc)?


Response:

Without playing the reeds, I can't be sure, but it sounds like the blades might be a little out of balance and the vibration of the reed when you blow is being blocked some how. One thing you can do is check to make sure both blades are balanced (equal thickness and lay in corresponding locations) and that there isn't a tiny bump or gouge somewhere. When you blow harder to make the louder sound you can unconsciously overcome such a small imperfection but as the wind flow decreases, it can become a problem. The fibers of either blade should be straight and uninterrupted from the tip to the wire so that the vibrations can flow easily down the lay as you blow.

Another reason could be that the cane (which is going to be different for every reed because it's an organic material - no two pieces alike in grain or hardness) might be harder or softer than on another reed that is working okay. Usually a reed won't play pianissimos because it is just a little too hard. This requires a little more carving to make the cane a little thinner. It can also mean just a little longer break-in period (playing it longer when it is brand new).

If you carve more to make it thinner, the best area to start that will get the most immediate result is what I think of as the "valleys" on either side of the center starting from the wire and going to the tip. Next, thin the tip.

Be sure that the edges on the side of each blade taper properly and aren't too thick. That's also an area that can cause a reed to play harder.

The most important thing after you make any cuts is to start just above the wire and, using your knife, "brush" all of the fibers on each blade from the wire all the way to the tip. You aren't actually taking off a lot of cane or any cane at all - just making sure the fibers are laying in a straight line and that there are no unintentional obstructions.

Finally, you can try to adjust the wires. If the reed is giving you good sound and response except when you play soft, then it is probably okay as to how open the tube and throat are and whether that relationship is balanced. It might just take a small wire adjustment to adjust for the softer sound.

To get the easier response for a softer sound by adjusting the wires, start with the wire just above the turban and squeeze it gently top and bottom. This will open the tip slightly. Then do the same thing on the top wire to adjust the tip's opening back to what it was before you squeezed the first wire.

Remember, if this doesn't get the desired result, you can reverse the process and put it back to what it was by squeezing the wires from the sides.

Whether you carve the cane or adjust the wires, take it slowly and play the reed frequently to see what effect each step has had so that you know when you've reached what you are looking for and when to stop.



College Audition Preparation Workshop

Submitted on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 18:09:23
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Name: M. Dee Stewart

Email: stewartd@indiana.edu

Hello,
With the high schools now out for the summer, I thought it would be timely to remind you about the College Audition Preparation workshop. I believe that CAP could be of great importance to your bassoon students as they get ready for the next step in their careers. CAP is a great program for aspiring musicians and we are dedicated to their development. You probably know of our positive involvement in student growth at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Now that we have Bill Ludwig on board, we are especially happy to be able to share his expertise with students. Please share this email with appropriate students and you may forward it to anyone you like. CAP is for winds and percussion. Feel free to post this and/or the attachments. If you can help us get the word out about this important program, we would be very appreciative.
Thanks, Dee

M. Dee Stewart, Chair of the Brass Department Professor of Trombones/Euphonium
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
812-855-4767
www.StewartSounds.com
www.music.indiana.edu/som/cap
(College Audition Preparation - July 20-26, 2008)

COLLEGE AUDITION PREPARATION WORKSHOP
AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
M. Dee Stewart, Director
Elizabeth L. Pfaffle, Assistant Director

Workshop Dates: July 20-26, 2008- No Audition Required
Limited Space ? Apply Now!

CAP Activities: Mock Auditions, Faculty Recital, Jacobs School of music Student Recital, Lessons with IU Faculty in Private and/or Group Settings.

CAP Presentations: Resumes, Financial Aid, Career Options, Audition Preparation, University Entrance Requirements CAP I Grades 10-12 - CAP II Post-high school students over the age of 18

CAP FACULTY
M. Dee Stewart-Trombone/Euphonium-Director
William Ludwig-Bassoon
Howard Klug-Clarinet
Daniel Perantoni-Tuba/Euphonium
Richard Seraphinoff-Horn
Kathryn Lukas-Flute
John Rommel-Trumpet
Thomas Walsh-Saxophone
Steve Houghton-Drums/Percussion



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