20. October 2023 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: BachTrac™, Bass Oboe, Bassoon, Double Reeds, English horn, Oboe, Oboe d'amore

This weekend Symphony San Jose‘s concerts include two Bach works. There is simply nothing like Bach, in my little opinion! If you can make it to the concert I do recommend it, and no, I’m not playing. I’ll be in the audience myself!

Meanwhile, please enjoy the marvelous Scott Hostetler playing Alle Menschen müssen sterben.

From his YouTube Page:
J.S. Bach Chorale Prelude “Alle Menschen müssen sterben” BWV 643

One of my favorite organ pieces, played here by a double reed quartet (oboe d’amore, English horn, bass oboe, and bassoon). Surely one of the most beautiful pieces about death ever written.

Scott Hostetler
October 2023

31. July 2020 · Comments Off on Bravo Bassoon! · Categories: Bassoon

This is fun!

Composed by Deborah Wicks La Puma and Eve La Puma.
Sung and played by Eve La Puma.

This silly ode to the foghorn of the orchestra highlights the joys of playing the bassoon!

View other works by Deborah Wicks La Puma: crunchynotes.com

Sheet music available at Sheet Music Plus:

Premiered at Eve La Puma’s Senior Recital in Voice and Bassoon at Stanford University. View the complete recital here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zybJ4KcRuIw

Special thanks to Rufus Olivier and Kathryne Jennings!

23. June 2020 · Comments Off on What FUN! · Categories: Bassoon, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: ,

Bravo to this bassoonist and his teacher.

He write:
“I am delighted to share my maddest arrangement yet! With a few weeks of practice, recording and editing, and a very complicated click track… here is my arrangement of Holst’s Jupiter from the Planets for bassoon ensemble.
I am very grateful to my wonderful contrabassoon professor, Martin Field, from the Royal Opera House for recording the contra part for me – thank you Martin!
Recorded and Edited by Ashby Mayes.”

08. May 2020 · Comments Off on Harry Potter · Categories: Bassoon, Harry Potter

We were to finish up the Harry Potter movies just a few weeks ago. Obviously that didn’t happen. I wonder if I’ll ever see that final movie: I’ve watched the other seven, and simply never managed to get to eight. I figured, “Well, at least I’ll hear it and see a wee bit, when we do the final film.” I guess it wasn’t to happen. So when I saw and hear this, I was delighted … BRAVO, Michael Elderkin!

04. May 2020 · Comments Off on Rufus Olivier Jr. Talks About Bassoon · Categories: Bassoon

I worked with Rufus a number of years ago in a group called Midsummer Mozart. He was delightful then, and he is delightful now. Bravo, Rufus!

13. February 2017 · Comments Off on For All You Hamilton Fans Out There · Categories: Bassoon


From the YouTube Page:
As soon as I heard this song, all I could hear was bassoon in my head. Honestly, if you had to pick one instrument to be the misunderstood king atop his mighty throne in a shifting world, why wouldn’t you pick the bassoon? Share it with your Hamilton friends, share it with your bassoon/band friends!

Special thanks to part.time.adventures for setting up the lighting and shots! Check her out here!

Wow, it’s been a little over a year since I actually started attempting videos to my music. I think I’ve made some progress from me just playing with a banana I found.

The Musical “Hamilton” was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda

20. December 2016 · Comments Off on Yet Another Flight · Categories: Bassoon

Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Le OFF des musiciens de l’Orchestre de Paris
Marc Trénel, Lola Descours, Lionel Bord, Amrei Liebold : bassons

(And LOVE those socks!)

08. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Contrabassoon Silent Night · Categories: Bassoon, Christmas

I love this!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
(Variations pour deux contrebassons de Lionel Bord)
Lola Descours, Amrei Liebold: contrabassoons

28. October 2015 · Comments Off on Love it! · Categories: Bassoon, TangoTime™

My friend Carolyn Lockhart sent this my way. It’s wonderful!

05. September 2015 · Comments Off on Yep, There Be Bassoons! · Categories: Bassoon, Fun, Videos

Fun! Here’s to all my bassoon playing pals out there!

Steven Amundson: Three’s Company
Josh John ’12, Josh Kosberg ’16, and Luke Varland ’08, bassoons; St. Olaf Orchestra