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Guignol

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Stephen Gryc

Stephen Gryc


Subtitle: Concerto for Bassoon and Small Wind Orchestra


General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 13:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephen Gryc
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $100.00   |   (digital) - $15.00


Movements

1. Disputes – 4:00
2. A Strange Occurrence In The Night - 4:45
3. Running Amok - 4:15


Instrumentation

Solo Bassoon
Flute I-II (II doubling piccolo and alto flute)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 1, 2
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
Trombone
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Guiro
  • Kick Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, small
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The character of Guignol was created at the beginning of the nineteenth century by a dentist in Lyon, France, who attracted customers to his chair by presenting puppet shows. The verbally adept puppet characters were based on those of the Italian commedia dell’arte, and the stories were relevant to the social concerns of the day, so the shows attracted adults as well as children. The scenarios inevitably ended with the clever and courageous Guignol defeating evildoers.

The satirical music of the concerto epitomizes the witty banter and frenetic action of a puppet show, with the soloist playing the part of the comic hero. The titles of the three movements provide a general description of the mood and character of the music though not a specific plot or program. Listeners may imagine their own scenarios suggested by the titles: Disputes, A Strange Occurrence In the Night, and Running Amok.

Guignol was commissioned by conductor J. Thomas Seddon IV and the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for bassoonist Richard Hoenich. The concerto was completed in December of 2016 and was premiered on April 23, 2017, by soloist Hoenich and the UWL Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Seddon.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) Wind Ensemble (Tom Seddon, conductor; Austin Way, bassoon) - 21 November 2021
  • U.S. Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor; Brooke Allen, bassoon) - 24 October 2021
  • College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (Ohio) (Savannah Shu, conductor; Andrea Baker, bassoon) - 26 March 2021
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor; Frank Morelli, bassoon) – 14 February 2020
  • University of Ottawa (Can.) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Gress, conductor; Richard Hoenich, bassoon) – 10 October 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor; Keith Sweger, bassoon) – 22 March 2019
  • Hartt School (Hartford, Conn.) Foot in the Door Ensemble (Edward Cumming, conductor; Marc Goldberg, bassoon) – 22 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
  • Missouri State University Wind Ensemble (John Zastoupil, conductor; Keel Williams, bassoon) – 10 February 2019
  • University of Michigan Chamber Winds (Elliott Tackitt, conductor, Daniel Fendrick, bassoon) – 4 November 2018
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor; Marc Goldberg, bassoon) – 2 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse Wind Ensemble (J. Thomas Seddon IV, conductor; Richard Hoenich, bassoon) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • The Hartt Omni-Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsitt, conductor; Marc Goldberg, bassoon) – 9 December 2017
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Wind Ensemble (Thomas Seddon, conductor; Richard Hoenich, bassoon) – 23 April 2017 *Premiere Performance*


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