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Perspectives I - BSN/GTR

Composer: Kershner, Brian

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 71882


Perspectives I

for bassoon and guitar
by Brian Kershner - American bassoonist, composer, and educator


This is the first in an on-going series of works in a Theme and Variation format for Bassoon and one other instrument. The second is scored for Bassoon with Flute, the third in the set is with the Chinese instrument, the Erhu, and fourth pairs the Bassoon with Bass Clarinet. The series follows the lineage of works for a solo instrument, such as the Persichetti Parables, the Berio Sequenzas, the Carter Figments, etc., except that these works of mine are all duos. This was my first piece for guitar, and it would not have been possible without the patient assistance of a colleague. I was stunned by the specificity of notational information that it requires, as well as the numerous techniques which are possible. The number of strings and means of execution are unlike any of the orchestral strings. In addition, there is a potential problem of balance, for while the bassoon is itself a gentle voice, the classical guitar is even more an understated speaker. The work may also be performed with guitar amplification.

--Brian Kershner


Brian Kershner, composer and bassoonist, has written over fifty works for a variety of performance media.  Many of the pieces are published, recorded, and have been played internationally.  His Three Pressings for Clarinet and String Quartet is being recorded for release on a new CD, in 2023, and another recent recording involves his work for Oboe and Alto Saxophone, Dva Gladišta (Two Points of View), currently available for purchase or on most streaming services.. Dr. Kershner has written extensively for bassoon, including his well-known Sonata for Bassoon, and his Bagatelles for Clarinet and Bassoon, both with Dr. Kershner performing on commercially available CD’s. His saxophone quartet Contours, Canons, and Caricatures, is recorded on Vienna Modern Masters, and won a special commendation by the panel of judges.  His song cycle, Leaves of Grass was a finalist in the 2008 Art Song Competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is continuing his series of works for bassoon and one other instrument, the first with guitar and subsequent duos combining with Flute, Erhu and Bass Clarinet.  The first three were performed at IDRS conferences. Most recent works include a trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, a new character piece for bassoon and piano, a work for trombone and percussion, and a solo piece for piano.  

Brian Kershner is currently Professor Emeritus at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.  He has previously served on the faculties of Rutgers University, Baylor University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.