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Performer Guides: Bassoon

Use this guide to find resources for music performance, including LC call number browsing ranges for repertoire, books, and journals..

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Finding Repertoire:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for bassoon music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

M75-M79, bassoon alone
M253-M254, bassoon and piano
M1026, bassoon with orchestra (full score)
M1027, bassoon with orchestra (piano reduction)
M1126, bassoon with string orchestra (full score)
M1127, bassoon with string orchestra (piano reduction)

Music Bibliographies for Bassoon:

Bibliographies compile lists of materials by topic. The Music Library owns several bibliographies of bassoon music that can help you to find repertoire by composer, difficulty level, etc.

Books on the Bassoon:

In addition to the titles listed below, you can browse for books about the bassoon in the following call number ranges:

ML419, Biographies of instrumentalists
ML 940 - ML 943, oboe - general, history and construction, music and playing

Looking for Something Specific? Search the Library Catalog:

Excerpts, Etudes, and Method Books:

Excerpts and instructional materials are classified in the MT range and housed in the same location as books about music (MLs):

MT400, General works

  • Example: Pascal Gallois, The Techniques of Bassoon Playing (Kassel: Barenreiter, 2009), call no. MT400 .G35 2009.

MT402, Systems and methods

  • Example: Douglas E. Spaniol, The New Weissenborn Method for Bassoon (Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 2010), call no. MT402 .S76 2010.

​MT405, Studies and exercises

  • Example: Carl Almenrader, 48 Exercises on Different Articulations for Bassoon: from the Art of Bassoon Playing, edited by Jeffrey Lyman (Tallevast, FL: TrevCo Music, [2012]), call no. MT405 .A46 2012.

MT406, Orchestral studies (excerpts)

  • Example: Bruce N. Degen, compiler, Orchestral Passages for Bassoon from the Concertos of Mozart and Beethoven (Lawrence, KS: Bocal Music, 1994), call no. MT406 .M877 C6 1994.

Online Resources for Bassoon:

International Double Reed Society - The professional society for bassoonists and oboists.

Bassoon Family-Fingering Companion - Authored by Terry B. Ewell and maintained by the International Double Reed Society, this is an online index featuring fingerings for both Heckel-system and Buffet-system bassoons, historical bassoons, contrabassoons, and other double reeds.

The WWW Bassoon Reed Project - A web project sponsored by the International Double Reed Society and Scrapes Journal, this site features descriptions and color photographs of reeds made and used by professional bassoonists.