Deep blue and dirty, op. 87 : double variations for bassoon and piano
by Andrew Schultz (2011)
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Deep blue and dirty for bassoon and piano was commissioned by the bassoonist Mark Gaydon and composed in the first half of 2011. The work is a set of double variations in which two connected themes are heard, one after the other at the start of the work, and then variations on each theme occur. In total there are nine variations - four on the first theme and four on the second with the final (ninth) variation being on both themes at once. All of this happens without interruptions so that the overall work unfolds as the piece moves between the two themes. The work's title, Deep blue and dirty, gives a clue to the mood of the two themes. The work explores the full range of the bassoon and makes use of trills, slides and long sustained passages suited to circular breathing.
Instrumentation: Bassoon, piano.
Duration: 8 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Mark Gaydon.
Website: Deep blue and dirty
perf. Mark Gaydon (bassoon) and Lucinda Collins (pno); rec Tom Henry, prod. India Hooi © ABC
The bassoon doesn't often occupy the limelight. But bassoonist Mark Gaydon is passionate about its soloistic potential. He's invited a number of Australian composers to write new solo works for him, taking as their starting point the instrument-defining work Sequenza XII for solo bassoon by Luciano Berio.
- In the form/style of: Variations
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