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Paraphrase (score & parts) - 3BSN

Composer: Sheen, Graham

Publisher: Spartan Press (Scotland)

Edition: 11707


for three bassoons
by Graham Sheen (b. 1952) - English bassoonist, composer, and pedagogue


Paraphrase is a based on a song attributed to Henry VIII: "Pastime With Good Company". Two main ideas are derived from it: a rhythmic ostinato overlaid by an improvisation on a melody which alludes to the old technique of divisions or melodic variations. The music moves towards a brief quotation of the original theme then away progressively fragmenting.