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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Giveaway from The Bassoon Bureau

The Bassoon Bureau is a new online shop selling bassoon quartet arrangements as digital downloads.  In order to kickstart the business, owner Michael Grant of the U.K. is offering free downloads of 12 Christmas carols.  These arrangements are sight-readable and useful for bassoonists of all levels.  If you lack a library of bassoon quartets, this is a great way to start building one. 
 
I particularly like the fact that Michael Grant's bassoon quartets are designed to be played by 3 or 4 bassoons.  I'm always in favor of flexibility.  If one of your bassoon quartet members forgets about the gig or gets lost on the way, you're fine to proceed with three players.

Michael has arranged some well-known classics for bassoon quartet, including one of my all-time favorites, Henry Purcell's Rondeau from Abdelazar Suite.  Also featured is a tune commonly associated with bassoon, sCharles Gounod's Funeral March of the Marionette

Incidentally, Michael, who is also a clarinetist, has a blog with a great name: "Adventures in Woodwindland".  Be sure to check it out.

You can "like" The Bassoon Bureau" on Facebook:

               





Thank you, Michael, for your Christmas gift to the bassoon world, and good luck with your new online shop!
   





picture from The Bassoon Bureau website


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