Quintet Op 63-BSN/STG4 or CBSN/STG4
Composer: Hess, Willy
Publisher: Amadeus (Switzerland)
for contrabassoon (or bassoon) and string quartet: two violins, viola, and cello
by Willy Hess (1906-1997)- Swiss musicologist
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