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Quintet Op 63-BSN/STG4 or CBSN/STG4

Composer: Hess, Willy

Publisher: Amadeus (Switzerland)

Edition: BP2679

$48.00

Quintet Op 63
for contrabassoon (or bassoon) and string quartet: two violins, viola, and cello
by Willy Hess (1906-1997)- Swiss musicologist
I. Moderato, sehr ruhig- Allegro non troppo
II. Andante
III. Rondo- Tempo di Minuetto

THis work was written at the suggestion of the English virtuoso John Parr, who wanted to demonstrate to his audience how a soloistically handled contrabassoon can sound, and asked me for a suitable piece. To begin with, I wrote an Andante & Rondo with an accompaniment for string quartet suited to this instrument, whose tone doesn't carry very far. Parr gave the two-movement work its successful first performance in October of 1953 in Victoria Hall in Sheffield. 
In 1977, at the editor's request, I added an introductory movement in Sonata form, producing the present three-movement quintet, a technically easy recital piece that should be a welcome addition to the contrabassoonist's repertoire. When using the bassoon, however, the strings are best scored as a chorus, as in a Concertino. 

  -- Willy Hess