Welcome to The Orchestral Bassoon, a digital resource for bassoonists that focuses on the history, performance, and pedagogy of the instrument's most prominent orchestral excerpts. This site is the final research project for my Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and the culmination of three years of intensive research and design.
The included written content contains all the expected sections found in a standard dissertation document, so for new users I recommend checking out the Introduction and Methodology sections first. The Learn section contains overviews of the Pedagogy discussions, Harmonic Analyses, Fingering Charts and Autograph Facsimile Scores, while the Recordings section is an easy way to browse and discover recordings that feature French and early bassoons, as well as recordings conducted by the composers themselves. Finally, discussions focusing on various fundamental aspects of bassoon playing can be found in the Fundamentals section.
This site is optimized for and best viewed with Mozilla's Firefox, with the next-best choices being Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome (in that order). The Adobe Flash Player is also required.
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