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FRESH AIR

FRESH AIR

Composer:Watts, Sarah
Instrumentation:bn. pft.
Publisher Ref:3611886
A collection of 18 original graded pieces and studies (Grades 1-3) in a mixture of styles.

Price: £6.99
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Sub Title:Pieces & Studies
Skill Level:A/B
Publisher:Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
Sarah Watts grew up in a musical household but seems to have been set on a musical career, when she was 12, by attending an Avril Dankworth Music Camp which embraced all types of music and all levels of competence. She was later inspired by John Dankworth's and Cleo Laine's 'Allmusic Courses' which led her to the concept of the "Dankworth Allmusic Philosophy" which she seems to have kept by her at the Royal College of Music in London where she studied the bassoon. Not long after leaving college, Sarah Watts discovered a love of teaching so she took a PGCE and combined playing professionally with teaching and composing educational music. She writes" I love composing and especially enjoy writing music that will be useful to other 'educators'. My desire is to write music that makes people want to play."

The 12 pieces and 6 studies in this collection are all original compositions in a variety of styles. Some of them are unique to the bassoon version of 'Fresh Air' and some cannot be categorized easily, except to say that they are tuneful. There is a hoedown, a waltz and a swing number and most of the collection is in 4/4 with occasional ventures into 3/4 and 6/8. The most used keys are C Major/A minor followed by F Major and as far as A Major on the sharp side, to Eb Major on the flat side. But setting aside such technicalities, these pieces have been written " just for the fun of playing."


  • Boom, Boom, Ching!
  • Precious Times
  • Humdinger Hoedown
  • Waltz for One Day
  • Café du Festival
  • The Road to Lallengollen (sic)
  • Straight and Narrow
  • Sunshine Green
  • Going On
  • Sailing Free
  • Shiny Shoe Shimmy
  • Shrimps
  • STUDIES
  • Study in Green
  • Study in Grey
  • Study in Yellow
  • Study in Red
  • Study in Silver
  • Study in Orange


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