Romance: Seven Russian Folk Songs-CBSN/KB

Composer: Hawkins

Publisher: Prairie Dawg Press (Bruce Gbur)

Edition: 189


Seven Russian Folk Songs 
for contrabassoon and contrabass
by Alan Hawkins (1938-2012)- American bassoonist, teacher, and composer
I. Prelude
II. Ya Liubil Zhenshching
III. Toska
IV. Bandura
V. Yablotchko
VI. Tchupchick
VII. Andante
One of Alan Hawkins' favorite students was Kim Krutz, a frequent performer on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Kansas City Symphony. She was married to Russian double bass player Mischa Krutz. Allan wrote the Romance for them, utilizing several Russian folk songs of varying familiarity. Listeners will recognize "The Birch Tree" (made famous in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony) in the Prelude, and "Yoblotchka" (An Apple) used by Gliere in his "Russian Sailor's Dance" in the ballet The Red Poppy. The second movement title translates to "I Love Women" while "Toska" does not refer to Puccini's tragic heroine, but the Russian word for sadness stemming from homesickness.