Performed By: Benjamin Kamins, bassoon; Jason Hardink, piano

I. Strong, Deliberate II. Ebb and Flow Throughout III. Flat Out

Bassoon, piano

Duration: 12 minutes

Commissioned By:
The International Double Reed Society

July 24, 2008 by Ben Kamins, bassoon, and Jason Hardink, piano, at the International Double Reed Society Annual Conference at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Available From:
Libby Larsen Publishing

Composer's Notes:
In three movements, Concert Piece for Bassoon and Piano casts the bassoon in the role of minstrel/poet—a Broadway Bard, if you will—who has gathered us for a Tell about our culture’s expressiveness.
Our expressiveness, the way we speak, move, and communicate, is a deeply lyrical narrative combined with a syncopated, percussive, multi-inflected, and driving nature. I composed the music from this perspective.
The first movement of Concert Piece for Bassoon and Piano uses inflection and articulation to define the bassoon’s lyric melody as it moves over and around the piano’s driving, jazz-articulated music. Time and forward motion are suspended in the second movement, allowing room for the bassoon’s broadly lyrical lines to sing freely and emotionally. Bassoon and piano come together in the third movement for syncopated interplay in an abstract call-and-response dance.

Score Errata:
Second movement:
m.11: F#2 - diamond note head means to depress the key silently.
m.20: the last chord of the measure should be a half note.
m.30: remove dot from low D.
m.33: the low Ds should only be one quarter long, and the triplet 16ths should go on the second half of the second beat.

Third movement:
The 7/8 measure that appears at m.5, 28, 38, 44, and 50 should be the same, pitch-wise, each time. The last chord should have an A-natural and G-natural in it. Also, beat 6, LH, top note should be Db each time.
m.16: second last chord, left hand should be B-natural
m.33: last note of left hand should be an F
m. 55: RH, beat 2, top note should be Eb.