Concert Six

Low Notes on a High Level: Music for Bassoon, Clarinet & Piano

Saturday, May 18 2024, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 19 2024, 3:00 pm

Michelle Keem, Bassoon
Erica Horn, Clarinet
Ivan Rosenblum, Piano & Director

Often viewed as “the clown of the orchestra,” the bassoon is more accurately characterized as an instrument of many moods and tone colors. With its wide range of over three octaves, it can play the buffoon in its lowest register, the pleading child in its upper notes, and a host of other tonal characters throughout its varied range. Together with the clarinet and piano, this program celebrates its diversity with solos, duos and trios from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Featured composers are CPE Bach, Beethoven, Glinka, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Bill Douglas and last and (in his own words) definitely least, Rosenblum.

Sonata in D Minor (solo bassoon), CPE Bach (8′)
Rondo in B Minor (solo piano), CPE Bach (3′)
Two Mvts. From Duo for Cl. & Bsn. F Major, Beethoven (6′)
Three Pieces for Clarinet, Stravinsky (4′)
Trio Pathétique, Glinka (16′)


“Name That Bassoon Tune” Audience Participation Quiz (10′)
“O Traum der Jugend” (solo piano), Fanny Mendelssohn (4′)
Pastorale for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano, Rosenblum (5′)
“Sambato” from Suite Cantando, Bill Douglas (6′)
Concert Piece #1 F Minor Op. 113 for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano, Felix Mendelssohn (10′)

Venue: Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos