Today is a sad day, dear readers. It’s the birthday of one of my good friends. Were he still alive, he would be turning twenty-six. That fact doesn’t just make me sad—it makes me angry because he shouldn’t be dead now. He should still be alive and we should still be having our epic phone conversations. (Thank goodness for free calling to other AT&T cell phones because we used to talk for hours.) We had a lot in common, including a love of classical music. He was a very proficient bassoon player and enjoyed playing today’s piece, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K. 191/186e. Tommy, this edition of Wednesday Music is for you.
Here’s a little bit about the piece.
- According to some sources, this piece is the most frequently performed and studied for bassoonists. Not only is it very good, but I’m pretty sure bassoonists don’t really have that many pieces to choose from, unfortunately!
- The second movement contains a theme that also occurs in an aria in The Marriage of Figaro, another Mozart composition.
- Mozart wrote this piece in 1774, when he was only eighteen years old. It was his first concerto for a wind instrument. Taking into account his age and lack of experience writing for wind instruments makes it even more amazing.
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