A Bassoon Circus

“The work, fanciful and accessible, is very well written, filled with comic effects, and everyone has fun, including musicians.”
La Presse+, Caroline Rodgers

A Bassoon Circus is a concertino for solo bassoon and orchestra staged as a instrumental theatre. Each of its seven short movements evokes a different kind of circus act, starring the soloist. The work is a tribute to the comic dimension of Spike Jones’s universe.
I – The Ringmaster
II – The Lion Tamer
III – The Tightrope Walker
IV – The Magician
V – The Human Cannonball
VI – The Clown
VII – The Strongman

Instrumentation: solo bassoon / 2221 / 2200 / 1 timp / 1 perc / strings

Duration: 16 minutes

Commissioned by the Laval Symphony Orchestra, their artistic director Alain Trudel and the bassoonist Michel Bettez. Dedicated to Alain Trudel and Michel Bettez.

Premiere: March 15th, 2017, by theLaval Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Alain Trudel and the bassoonist Michel Bettez, at the Salle André Mathieu, in Laval, QC, Canada.

Performances of: A Bassoon Circus


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