June Emerson Wind Music
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Printed Edition
Composer:Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)
Publisher Ref:Ellis52173

Price: £8.95
Arranger:Nester, Daniel
Skill Level:E
Publisher:Ellis Music Publishing
Year of Issue:2017
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
There has always been an aura of mystery and virtuosity surrounding the terrifyingly erotic poem by Goethe. Inspired by a feverish ride he took with his ward, and perhaps by a heated argument with the boy’s mother, Goethe tells the tale of how the evil Elf King tries to seduce a boy away from his father, and eventually takes him by force.
It is said that Schubert, upon reading the poem, immediately conceived its musical setting, and composed the piece in one intense sitting. The piece was later arranged for various instruments, perhaps most famously by Franz Liszt for solo piano. In this arrangement, I have utilised the bassoon's propensity for intense articulation to convey the quintessential hallmark of Schubert’s musical setting: the unending triplets representing the galloping horse. The arrangement also utilises the bassoon's large range to make the narrative voices distinct from one another.

Daniel Nester is an active bassoon player and pedagogue living in Colorado. He has played with many orchestras in Israel and the US, won competitions and recorded for the radio in both countries, and has collaborated on a number of commercially released CDs. Learn more about him (and hear him playing this arrangement) on his website: www.bassoonester.com

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