Andante and Hungarian Rondo (arr. Mitchell

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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber (arr. Rick Mitchell)

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This work bears the designation Opus 35.

General Info

Year: 1809 / c. 1990
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Viola and orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknownbr />


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Program Notes

The brief Andante and Hungarian Rondo was originally composed in 1809 for Weber’s violist brother Fritz, while the bassoon transcription was made for the virtuoso player Georg Friedrich Brandt with some inevitably consequent changes. The Rondo’s rhythms emphasize the Hungarian flavor of the music. Weber’s writing exploits fully the facility of the instrument, its agility over a wide range of notes, tonal quality, and its lyrical as well as comical element. It was in March 1810 that he found himself conducting a concert with the Munich Court Orchestra, its programme including a clarinet concertino he had written for Heinrich Bärmann. Its success encouraged the orchestra’s principal players to ask for solo works, so two concertos for clarinet followed in 1811 and, on 28 December, a bassoon concerto for Brandt. He made some revisions in 1822, expression and dynamic indications expanded and some string accompaniments rewritten.

- Program Note by Christopher Fifield

Two compositions for bassoon and orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber stand out in a century when very little bassoon solo repertoire emerged, unlike the eighteenth or twentieth centuries. The Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35, was written in response to the success of his Bassoon Concerto Op 75, and was requested by the bassoonist in the Munich Orchestra, Georg Friedrich Brandt. It is in fact a reworking of an earlier composition -- it began life as a viola solo with orchestra, written for the composer’s brother. Weber’s modifications for the bassoon version are mainly in the solo part, but the character of the work remains essentially the same.

The Andante is a rather plaintive theme in C minor, followed by three variations. In the first, the bassoon provides an accompaniment to a two-part version of the theme on violins alone. The second variation moves into the relative major key of E flat, and in the final variation the bassoon assumes a virtuoso obbligato role with strings and woodwind providing a richly orchestrated version of the melody.

A transition leads us directly into the Rondo Ungarese, which is Hungarian in flavor only, largely through the rhythms in the solo line and accompaniment. As always, lyricism is never far away, but the work showcases the virtuosic capabilities of the soloist and concludes with a final flourish.

- Program Note from Michigan State University Wind Symphony concert program, 27 October 2016

This arrangement by Rick Mitchell was made for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble in the early 1990s, after conductor Jerry Junkin expressed a desire for a version of the rondo with lighter instrumentation than is normally employed.

- Program Note abstracted from remarks by Jwrry Junkin


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  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Laura Bennett Cameron, bassoon) - 24 April 2021

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