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My mother, not knowing what a bassoon was, said, 'Oh sure,' " Spencer says.
Spencer, principal bassoonist for the Oregon Mozart Players since 2007, will be the featured soloist for Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major at the chamber orchestra's final performance of its season on Saturday.
She listened to the bassoon part in Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt" Suite.
Spencer has a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master of music from the University of Oregon, both in bassoon performance.
Bassoon concerti, as it turns out, are not exactly thick on the ground in musical literature, at least before the 20th century.
His bassoon concerti, which are not necessarily easy to play, were played by the all-female orphanage orchestra.
Possibly the most serious part of the evening comes with Malcolm Arnold's Four Cornish Dances, but the undoubted curiosity is the world premiere of the bassoon concerto Romancing the Phoenix by the elegant Canadian light-music composer Robert Farnon, with American bassoon virtuoso Daniel Smith as soloist.
The bassoon has to be amplified, Smith points out, to be heard above the rhythm section, let alone the rest of the instruments.
According to the dust jacket, he is "Professor of Baroque and Classical Bassoon at The Royal College of Music, London, and Director of the period instrument ensemble Badinage.
Carroll's purpose in writing the hook is "to provide a guide to the history of the four main woodwind instruments of the Baroque era, the flute, oboe, recorder and bassoon, and to help those who are interested in acquiring a basic technique for playing these instruments" (p.
3) and "Even if nothing other than the Vivaldi bassoon concertos existed, the repertoire would be rich enough" (p.
He claims, for example, that Georg Philipp Telemann's sonatinas for recorder or bassoon and continuo "have survived but without a bass line" (p.
The school requested 30 to 35 instruments, including clarinets, trombones, a tuba, cellos, saxophones, violins and bassoons, he said.
And don't forget up the counter the other bells, whistles, joy buzzers, air horns, bassoons, Geiger counters, Mr.
However, recent technical advances had made the bassoon a reasonable candidate as a solo instrument in a sonata setting, and the works on this program were published with a note indicating their suitability for "cello, viol, or bassoon.