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Old Grumbly Bear, The

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Julius Fučik

Julius Fučík (arr. Andrew Glover)

Subtitle: Solo for Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Euphonum or Tuba with band accompaniment.

This work is also listed under title in German, Der Alte Brummbar. It bears the designation Opus 210.

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2004
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Bassoon and symphony
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00  |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Who would have thought that a grumpy old bear could be so delightful to spend time with? This old fashioned charmer can feature your choice of low-voiced soloist, including bassoon, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, euphonium (B.C. or T.C.) or tuba. It's an ideal solo to showcase your star performer's musical abilities in a humorous and fun way. The accompaniment is at the medium-easy level, and the solo sits at the medium level. Fun for all, and great way to give the unsung heroes of your band some much deserved attention!

- Program Note from publisher

Fučik was himself a bassoon player and composed this charming “polka comique” for solo bassoon and orchestra around 1910 under the title Der alto Brummbar or the Old Grumbling Bear. The title suggests the possibility that this piece might in some way be a musical portrait, either of Fučik himself or of some cranky older bassoonist that Fučik met in his long performance career.

- Program Note from Indian Springs Middle School Band concert program, 12 February 2016

For Ronald P. Anson, of course.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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