The Bassoon Blog

Welcome to the Bassoon Blog, aka Blogoon!

We feature guest bloggers writing in English and French from Canada and the world with engaging perspectives on life with the wonderful bassoon.We talk about reeds, how we started the bassoon, fingerings, contrabassoons, how to play continuo on modern bassoon, audience perspectives, Canadian bassoon heroes and heroines, the bassoon in art throughout the centuries and much more. Please check back regularly to see what’s happening.

If you want to tell us about a Bassoon Heroine or Hero, please send us your ideas or even a blog. If you have educational and performance opportunities for bassoonists, please let us know and we will pass them on.

And starting this week, we will be adding videos…Vlogoons!

Rhythmic Displacement in the Study of Orchestral Excerpts – Nadina Mackie Jackson

Rhythmic Displacement in the Study of Orchestral Excerpts – Nadina Mackie Jackson

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 15 – Resonance

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 15 – Resonance

LET’S TALK BASSOON! Orchestral Excerpts and the Importance of Transposition

LET’S TALK BASSOON! Orchestral Excerpts and the Importance of Transposition

Beethoven IV – Transposed

Beethoven IV – Transposed

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – Transposed

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – Transposed

Rimsky-Korsakov – Shehrezade/Kalendar Prince – Transposed

Rimsky-Korsakov – Shehrezade/Kalendar Prince – Transposed

Ravel – Boléro – Transposed

Ravel – Boléro – Transposed

Stravinsky – Sacre du Printemps/Rite of Spring – Adoration de la terre – Transposed

Stravinsky – Sacre du Printemps/Rite of Spring – Adoration de la terre – Transposed

Stravinsky – Berceuse – Transposed

Stravinsky – Berceuse – Transposed

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 14 – Reed My Lips

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 14 – Reed My Lips

Nicolas Richard, FINALIST, OSM Concours/Montreal Symphony Competition 2020

Nicolas Richard, FINALIST, OSM Concours/Montreal Symphony Competition 2020

Now’s the time! – Donovan Tong

Now’s the time! – Donovan Tong

Bassoon Wizard in the Woods – Benson Bell

Bassoon Wizard in the Woods – Benson Bell

Three Bassoonists are Semi-Finalists for the 81st Montreal Symphony Competition/Concours OSM

Three Bassoonists are Semi-Finalists for the 81st Montreal Symphony Competition/Concours OSM

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 13 – Stairway to Heaven

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 13 – Stairway to Heaven

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 12 – The Goldilocks Dilemma

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 12 – The Goldilocks Dilemma

Finalists for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2021

Finalists for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2021

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 11 – A Useful Equation

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 11 – A Useful Equation

MILDE # 1, Opus 26 – Transposed

MILDE # 1, Opus 26 – Transposed

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 10 – The Incredible Shrinking Bassoonist

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 10 – The Incredible Shrinking Bassoonist

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 9 – The Big Bounce

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 9 – The Big Bounce

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 8 – Dialogue

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 8 – Dialogue

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 7 – Look Both Ways

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 7 – Look Both Ways

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 3 Surf’s Up!

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 3 Surf’s Up!

SOLO BASSOON AND ORCHESTRA – CANADIAN COMPOSERS – by NADINA MACKIE JACKSON

SOLO BASSOON AND ORCHESTRA – CANADIAN COMPOSERS – by NADINA MACKIE JACKSON

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 6 – We’ll huff and we’ll puff…

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 6 – We’ll huff and we’ll puff…

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 5 – The Big Picture

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 5 – The Big Picture

Fraser Jackson – Part 2 – PARTITA by Bill Douglas

Fraser Jackson – Part 2 – PARTITA by Bill Douglas

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 4 – The Physicist’s Viewpoint

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 4 – The Physicist’s Viewpoint

Fraser Jackson – Part 1 – My Life With Bill

Fraser Jackson – Part 1 – My Life With Bill

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 2 Can you explain how a bassoon reed works?

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Chapter 2 Can you explain how a bassoon reed works?

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Introduction and Chapter 1 – The Craftsman

Brains and Membranes by Christopher Millard – Introduction and Chapter 1 – The Craftsman

Frank Marcus – Canada’s Bassoon Repairman to the World – by Michael Sweeney

Frank Marcus – Canada’s Bassoon Repairman to the World – by Michael Sweeney

Épiphanie Chromatique par Mathieu Lussier

Épiphanie Chromatique par Mathieu Lussier

Musings from the Reed Museum by Adam Romey

Musings from the Reed Museum by Adam Romey

Conversation with George Zukerman and Julia Lockhart

Conversation with George Zukerman and Julia Lockhart

The Beautiful Bassoon! –  Art of Hermann Armin von Kern – by Jesse Read

The Beautiful Bassoon! – Art of Hermann Armin von Kern – by Jesse Read

A Gift to Be Simple – by George Zukerman

A Gift to Be Simple – by George Zukerman

My First Encounter With The Bassoon – by Uta Messerhuber

My First Encounter With The Bassoon – by Uta Messerhuber

How To Put Your Bassoon Together by Joann Simpson

How To Put Your Bassoon Together by Joann Simpson

Comment monter son basson à la vitesse de la lumière par Mathieu Lussier

Comment monter son basson à la vitesse de la lumière par Mathieu Lussier

The Beautiful Bassoon! Art of  4 Centuries by Jesse Read

The Beautiful Bassoon! Art of 4 Centuries by Jesse Read

Richard Hoenich and Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

Richard Hoenich and Brooke Valley Bassoon Days

Il est grand le mystère

Il est grand le mystère

Mathieu Lussier – How to Play Modern Bassoon in a Continuo Section Without Losing the Respect of Your Colleagues

Mathieu Lussier – How to Play Modern Bassoon in a Continuo Section Without Losing the Respect of Your Colleagues

Philip Morehead – I picked up the bassoon at age 75

Philip Morehead – I picked up the bassoon at age 75

Donovan Tong – I started playing the bassoon in Grade Six

Donovan Tong – I started playing the bassoon in Grade Six

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