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Composer:Cowles, Colin (b.1940)
Instrumentation:bn. pft.
Publisher Ref:M050010845
Short pieces intended to develop technique for the beginner bassoonist which can be played with piano accompaniment or as bassoon duets.

Price: £11.95
Skill Level:A/B
Publisher:Studio Music
Year of Issue:1990
ISBN:none specified
The son of a RAF band bassoonist, Colin Cowles entered Trinity College of Music, London as a Junior Exhibitioner at the age of thirteen and became a full time student of piano, organ and composition five years later. As a prizewinning graduate, he took up his first teaching post in 1962 and from then on reacquainted himself with the saxophone and clarinet families and became proficient on the bassoon. In 1978 Cowles gave up classroom teaching altogether and continued as a peripatetic woodwind teacher with more time available for composition at home in the Buckinghamshire village of Nether Winchendon. With over four hundred works to his name, in a wide variety of genres which range from a ballet symphony to film and television scores, not to mention a great deal of educational work, Colin Cowles is now largely retired from composition. He describes his style as "undeniably English and.....much influenced by the countryside and friends alike."

'Twenty-five Fun Moments for Bassoon' was published in 1990 and consists of pieces with an average length of about twenty-four bars. They are intended to develop technique in the early stages of learning and there is a brief note of technical advice at the start of each piece. Most of them can be played with piano accompaniment or as bassoon duets with a more experienced player reading the lower notes of the left hand piano part.

  • 1. Mooning
  • 2. Moonshine
  • 3. Cathcy Toon
  • 4. Bocalising
  • 5. Catch the Crook
  • 6. Croonin' 'Oon
  • 7. Sludge Pump
  • 8. Faggott-Me-Not
  • 9. Afternoon Song
  • 10. Loony Toon
  • 11. 'Ooner or Later
  • 12. Bassoon Street Blues
  • 13. A Modal Bassoonist
  • 14. Faggotts And Peas
  • 15. The Butt End
  • 16. Grumble; 17. Tycoon
  • 18. Macaroon; 19. Ragoon
  • 20. Moon Monster; 21. Thumb A Lift
  • 22. 'Oonerism; 23. Hymn Toon
  • 24. Dance Toon; 25. Tongue-Tied

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