Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Much of the literature for solo bassoon of the past few decades is partially dependent upon the player's ability to use contemporary techniques. While it is atypical for an entire composition to rely on such devices, a significant volume of recent solo literature may be unplayable to those who have not mastered them. My aim is to help solo bassoonists in perfecting two specific contemporary techniques: fluttertongue and singing while playing. Though quite standard for other woodwind instruments such as the flute, these techniques have not been adequately described for bassoonists. The repertoire chosen for this project represents works for solo bassoon that employ both fluttertongue and singing while playing. The pieces chosen for study demonstrate variety in notational representation, range of application and approach and departure from instances of these techniques. As a performer and advocate of contemporary bassoon works, I feel that a clear and approachable method for these techniques would encourage performers to program more contemporary music and offer composers the opportunity to have relevant pieces performed rather than avoided.
Vacchi, Steve, "An Examination of Two Contemporary Techniques in Five Works for Solo Bassoon: Descriptions and Performance Suggestions." (1997). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6531.