Two Character Pieces Op 31-BSN/PN
Composer: Goepfart, Karl Eduard
Publisher: Accolade (Germany)
for bassoon and piano
by Karl Eduard Goepfart (1859-1942)- German composer
Karl Eduard Goepfart was born in 1859 in Mönchenholzen near
Erfurt, the son of a teacher. At an early age he received music
lessons from his father, later at the music school in Weimar
(piano with Franz Liszt). After his first engagement as a conductor
in 1875-1876 in Baltimore, he returned to Germany, where he
received final musical studies in Weimar. He was active as a
conductor and choir master in several cities.
He died in Weimar in 1942.
Today Goepfart is nearly unknown. Listed with his own entry in
the old dictionary of Hugo Riemann, one finds nothing at all in
the new MGG, a fate he shares with Gustav Schreck, whose
Sonata for Bassoon (ACC 1532) was published nearly in the
same year as Goepfart's "Two Character Pieces op. 31" at
Merseburger in Leipzig, around 1890. His chamber music is
always enjoyable to listen and to play; for example his beautiful
Trio in G minor for piano, clarinet and bassoon.