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Printed Edition
Composer:Schumann, Robert (1810-1856)
Instrumentation:bn. pft.
Publisher Ref:PP812
Three pieces, as lyrical as their title suggests, written originally for oboe and arranged for bassoon and piano by a widely experienced and accomplished performer and teacher.

Price: £6.95
Arranger:Gatt, Martin
Skill Level:D/E
Publisher:Phylloscopus Publications
Year of Issue:2015
ISBN:none specified
Schumann wrote these Three Romances in 1849 initially for oboe (or violin or clarinet) with piano, and they were first published two years later. His efforts were not tied to a commission or request by a prominent soloist of the day, unlike other examples in the genre from Weber, Spohr, and others of that era. Thus, they are not overtly challenging pieces.

They are not individually titled but the first piece, marked in the oboe editions 'Nicht schnell' (Not quickly), presents a lovely theme on the bassoon, supported by imaginative accompaniment on piano. The mood is tranquil throughout.

That description might also apply to the second piece, marked 'Einfach, innig' (Simply, ardently), but for a somewhat tense middle section. All three pieces are very similar in the character of their main themes: each, in fact, is songful and might have served the voice just as well as the bassoon.

The third piece is the liveliest of the trio. Marked 'Nicht schnell', it is also the most rugged and colourful-sounding one in its main theme. There is more than a hint of Brahms here, a composer who was just beginning to make his mark. The middle section is lovely, similar in character to the opening melodies of the first two pieces. The piano accompaniment is deftly wrought throughout, never overwhelming the bassoon, yet always making its supportive presence felt.

Martin Gatt, who has produced this arrangement for bassoon and piano, has spent forty years consecutively as principal bassoon with three leading London based symphony orchestras and has also performed and recorded a wide variety of solo and chamber music. For nearly twenty years he taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later took up the professorship of bassoon at the Royal College of Music. He has published some two dozen arrangements for bassoon solo, accompanied and in ensemble.

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