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Dark Wood - BSN/VLN/CEL/PN

Composer: Higdon, Jennifer

Publisher: Lawdon Press (Jennifer Higdon)

Edition: 62963


Dark Wood
for bassoon, violin, cello, and piano
by Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)- American composer

“Dark Wood” is a work that features the bassoon…a wonderful instrument that does not have a tremendous amount of chamber literature. I wanted to create a work that features the bassoon prominently, but also respects it within the framework of a true chamber dialogue (along with its partners, the violin, cello, and piano). Since much of the literature for this beautiful instrument is slow moving, I made the conscious decision to explore its virtuosic abilities. While there is slow music within the piece, there is an emphasis on real “bite” within the language, rhythm and tempi. The title refers to the beauty of the bassoon’s wood. “Dark Wood” was commissioned in 2001 by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, with funds provided by The Jerome Foundation. --Jennifer Higdon
Duration: 10:00