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

“An amusing work by Maxime Goulet, created by Michel Bettez and the Laval Symphony Orchestra, in which the soloist must not take himself too seriously…”
– Ludwig van Montréal, Frédéric Cardin

A Bassoon Circus is a concerto 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.
I – The Ringmaster
II – The Lion Tamer
III – The Tightrope Walker
IV – The Magician
V – The Human Cannonball
VI – The Clown
VII – The Strongman

– Version for classical orchestra: solo bassoon / / / timp+1 / strings
– Version for wind orchestra: bsn solo / 1picc, 2fl, 2ob, 1bsn / 2cl-bb solo, 1cl-eb, 3cl-bb, 1cl-bss / 2sax-a, 1sax-t, 1sax-b / 2hr, 2trp, 1tuba / 1db / timp, 1perc (arr. by Jordi Ripoll)

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.

Media Coverage of A Bassoon Circus

Interview with Maxime Goulet about A Basson Circus

Performances of A Bassoon Circus

2023, March 1 | Orchestre Tempo Symphonique, Cécile Beaujon | Salle Garcin, Lyon, France
2023, Feb. 11 | Hunterdon Symphony, Lawrence Kursar, Andrew Pecota | Clinton Township Middle School, Clinton, NJ, United States

2021, Nov. 7 | Municipal Band of Bilbao, José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana, Jordi Ripoll | Palacio de Congresos y de la Música Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao, Spain

2020, Jan. 5 | Royal choir and orchestra of Zanglust Tielt, Milan Lefranc | Centre Culturel Gildhof, Tielt, Belgium
2020, Jan. 4 | Royal choir and orchestra of Zanglust Tielt, Milan Lefranc | Centre Culturel Gildhof, Tielt, Belgium

2017, March 15 | Laval Symphony Orchestra, Alain Trudel and Michel Bettez | Salle André Mathieu, Laval, QC, Canada (premiere)