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Bassoon it Will Be Christmas, Orchestra
– for two (or three) solo bassoons and orchestra
First Performance $230.00
Each Additional Performance $115.00
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→Terms: Music will be shipped upon payment.
Return of music expected by January 21 of the new year.
Bassoon it Will Be Christmas (2013)
for two or three solo bassoons and orchestra
In 2007, I was commissioned by Michael Krajewski (principal pops conductor of Atlanta, Houston Symphonies and Philadelphia Orchestra) to write a new orchestral Christmas work, after I suggested the title of “BasSOON It Will Be Christmas”. At the time of the suggestion, I didn’t know what I would write, but once he agreed, it was time to get busy.
Obviously, the piece would feature the bassoons, and in a short time, the idea came to mind of mixing famous bassoon audition excerpts with popular Christmas carols.
Who would have guessed that the following excerpts/carols blended together so well?:
Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Dukas) + We Three Kings (intro) —– God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen + Carol of the Bells (snippets) —– Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) + Joy to the World —– March to the Scaffold (Berlioz) + Bassoon Concerto (Mozart) + Pat-A-Pan + O Come All Ye Faithful —– Cadenza + Symphony No. 6 (Tchaikovsky) —– Figaro (in variation) + We Wish You a Merry Christmas —– Symphony No. 4 (Beethoven) + Sorcerer’s Apprentice —– ending
The piece has been played by numerous orchestras, and I am sincerely grateful to Mark Walker, at Troy University, who approached me with the idea of doing a wind ensemble setting.
Jim Stephenson 2013