Morning Glories: The brilliant bassoon

October 14, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.

Bassoonists everywhere must have been elated when one of this year's Nobel Prize winners stated, in effect, that he owed his success to his bassoon teacher.

For this week's Morning Glories, we too will be putting the bassoon in the spotlight.

Monday

Johann Baptist Vanhal: Bassoon Concerto

Minnesota's own John Miller is the soloist in this concerto from the Classical period.

Tuesday

Camille Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata

At the very end of his career, Camille Saint-Saëns wrote a series of sonatas for wind instruments, including this finely crafted gem.

Wednesday

Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto

The most important concerto in the bassoon literature — except for the Mozart.

Thursday

Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto, R. 485

Vivaldi must have really liked the bassoon — he wrote dozens of pieces for it.

Friday

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto

Our Nobel Prize winner has said that if he could have dinner with one famous person, it would be Mozart. Perhaps this work would be one of the topics of conversation.

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