Composer: Gemrot, Jiri
Publisher: Supraphon (Czech Republic)
for bassoon and piano
by Jiri Gemrot (b. 1957)- Czech composer
Written on commission from the Czech Music Fund for the Chomutov (North Bohemian) contest for woodwind instruments. The basic feature of the composition was given: emphasis on the virtuosity of the bassoon part. The piece is characterized by a tonally anchored musical language. The three contrasting musically expressive levels (the lyrical level, the grotesque palette, and the meditative level) are combined in a structurally concise shape on the basis of motif relations and work with a tonal center. The brilliance of the bassoon part effectively combines with the tonal ingenuity of the piano accompaniment; the composition is not only a fine repertoire number for the bassoonist, but also for the pianist. The Rapsodia was first performed on December 2nd, 1986, at a chamber music concert sponsored by the Union of Czech Composers and Concert Artists, in Prague. The first performers were Milos Wichterle, with whom the composer consulted on the bassoon part, and pianist Marie Neofitdu.