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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Bassoon it Will Be Christmas (2013)

for two or three solo bassoons and orchestra

duration:  5’

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