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Bassoon Trios

New on the OMEA Ensemble List - Jan. 2017

Bassoon Trio – new listing
Appalachian Tidbits - Mountain Songs arr. Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50432003  
Songs from Appalachia are an important part of our musical heritage: Old Joe Clark, Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier and L’il Liza Jane. The key signature may look like E-flat major, but when the flatted seventh is used it has a modal sound. The first and last songs are fiddle tunes; for contrast, a sad lyrical tune is sandwiched in between. Players and audiences will enjoy this trip to rural America.

Bassoon Trios
Duke Street Variants - John Hatton, arr. Percy Hall     [YouTube performance]
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50432002  
This trio is a must for any band director lucky enough to have three bassoon players, and if this one works well there is one more trio to get: Old English Songs - arr. by Percy Hall.

This is an English Hymn tune first published in 1783. It became so popular with the colonists in America that it seems to be an integral part of our musical past as well.  This arrangement consists of a statement of the tune and two contrasting variations with brief interludes in between each of them. Keys are C and F Major; the low range in the 3rd part is low C plus an optional Bb, and the high range in part one is high F.



Old English Songs - arr. by Percy Hall     [YouTube performance]
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 50432001  
This trio is a must for any band director lucky enough to have three bassoon players, and if this one works well there is one more trio to get: Duke Street Variants. (see above)

The first tune: When Love is Kind comes from Ireland, and the second: Flow Gently Sweet Afton comes from Scotland. In political history the Scotch and Irish peoples have spend much time fighting each other, but they both found time to write beautiful love music like these two tunes. The key is Bb major throughout. Low F is the lowest pitch in the 3rd part and high G is called for just twice in the first part.  Both songs are lyrical in style and are scored with beautiful harmonic changes.  All three parts are scored with independent rhythms to enhance a musical performance.



“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

Sound samples are provided for some of the arrangements on this site. These are produced as MP3 files, with links noted after those arrangements for which they are available. Many also provide a "short MP3" alternative for those with slower, dial-up connections. While all sound samples are fairly compact, the shorter versions will typically download four to five times faster than their fuller counterparts.

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