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Double Concerto for Bassoon and Contrabassoon

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Henk Badings

Henk Badings

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General Info

Year: 1964 / 1969
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Bassoon and symphony
Publisher: C.F. Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Bassoon
Solo Contrabassoon
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Alto Flute
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Badings very often used unusual musical scales and harmonies. Beginning in the early 1920s he experimented with the octatonic scale (alternating major and minor seconds) and a scale based on the harmonic series from the eighth to the fifteenth overtones, which he called 'lydo-mixolydian'. About 1950 Badings became interested in new tone systems, six- and seven tone modes and the acoustic backgrounds. In 1951 he wrote an interesting treatise for the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences titled Tonaliteitsproblemen in de nieuwe muziek (tonality problems in new music).

Robert Austin Boudreau, conductor of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, commissioned a large number of works from Mr. Badings between 1963 and 1985. The Double Concerto for Bassoon and Contrabassoon is one of the earlier works, having been written in 1964. It is subtitled "In Memorium Paul Hindemith." The work is constructed as a single movement with three sections -- Lento, Giocoso, Allegro. There are several extended solo passages [quoting themes from Hindemith] in this often colorfully orchestrated work. While the concept of a concerto for bassoon and contrabassoon is unusual, the piece is both approachable and interesting.

- Program Note from liner notes for Albany CD Forget Me Nots


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor; Stéphane Lévesque, bassoon; Michael Sundell, contrabassoon) – 9 April 2020 (Scheduled, but concert canceled)

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