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Sonata - BSN

Composer: Hanna, Reed

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 71006



for solo bassoon

by Reed Hanna

This sonata for solo bassoon showcases the technical and lyrical capabilities of the instrument in three movements.

The first movement has two distinct themes; one fast-moving and highly chromatic, and the other lamenting and lyrical, both of which are presented and then developed in a traditional Sonata-Allegro form. The movement ends with a dramatic recapitulation of the first theme in retrograde-inversion.

The wavering, lyrical theme of the second movement is derived from the first four notes of the second theme from the first movement. This theme comes to a devastatingly emotional climax in the middle of the movement, but then returns quickly to its original, more reserved state.

The third movement is a fast dance in 6/8 time with an infectious melody that is built from different forms of octatonic scales. The excitement of the movement builds as the sonata races to a thrilling finish.


. . . is quickly becoming a noteworthy new voice in the double reed community as a performer, composer, and educator. In addition to playing principal bassoon with the Augusta Symphony, he also plays regularly with several other orchestras in the southeastern United States.

His compositions have become known among wind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences. His first CD of original works, Carte Blanche, was released in 2019 and also features some other Augusta Symphony musicians.

Dr. Hanna teaches music theory and music education at Coker University in Hartsville, SC, where he also conducts the concert band. He previously taught on the faculties at Georgia Southern University and Newberry College.

Reed earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2015 from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with renowned bassoonist Michael Harley. He also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Penn State University, and degrees from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.