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Lucy Long (Score & Parts)-3BSN/CBSN or 4BSN

Composer: Godfrey, Fred

Publisher: Camden (England)

Edition: CAM8


Lucy Long
for three bassoon and contrabassoon or four bassoons
by Fred Godfrey (1837-1882)- English bandmaster


Arranged for bassoon quartet by David Whitehouse. This piece was written for the bassoonist Philip Langdale, a member of Godfrey's band. It has proved a popular solo for the bassoon ever since and for many years it was the public's only experience of the solo bassoon, reinforcing their concept of the "comedian of the orchestra". It is based on a folk-song from the Southern United States which starts:

Oh I just come out before you
To sing a little song.
I plays it on my banjo,
And I calls it Lucy Long.
This edition incorrectly attributes the composition to Charles Godfrey, Fred's father.