The Bassoon - BSN/PN with optional singer
Composer: Ashlyn, Quenton
Publisher: Hop Vine Music (England)
or bassoon and piano with optional singer
by Quenton Ashlyn - pseudonym of society entertainer Frank Kennedy (British)
The turn of the 19th century parlor song has almost become a forgotten oddity; yet in its day it was widely performed in a variety of forms by nearly every instrument, throughout Europe and the United States. Having turned two centuries since, it is appropriate and timely that the resurgence of such gems be returned to their proper place in recital, the concert stage, and private salons.
The seriousness of such repertoire, as expressed by the publisher of the original edition, is found on the music's cover page with such quotes as:
"This song may be freely sung everywhere, excepting Theatres, Music Halls" and "An imitation instrument can be had from the publisher"