Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2004)
genre: duet: bassoon & piano
length: 3 movements, 14:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440
audio samples: I.   II.   III.
world premiere: 26 February 2005
Eric Goldman, bassoon • Donna Amato, piano
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
program notes: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano was composed for and is dedicated to Eric Goldman on the occasion of his Graduate Recital at Carnegie Mellon University. The work was included on the list of required repertoire for the 2007 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition, and was performed by the winners at the International Double Reed Society conference in Ithaca, New York.
composer's notes:

Movement I is lilting and lively in nature with a jazzy, syncopated interplay between the bassoon and piano. Some of these rhythmic materials employ mixed meters and hemiolas, while the harmonic and melodic materials make use of whole-tone scales and polytonality.

The piano opens movement II slowly with a series of polytonal and cluster chords to establish an air of meditative serenity. The bassoon enters with a sighing motive in the high register, gradually expanding to a broader expression of the theme, supported by frenetic arpeggios in the piano. The movement concludes with a return to a mood of tranquil, meditative melancholy and wistful peace.

The fast and spritely final movement is played, for the most part, in a light, staccato, and dance-like perpetual motion. The two voices again engage in playful syncopated exchanges throughout, and a brief cadenza provides momentum for the reeling conclusion. — N.G.

recordings: Metamorphosis: Nicolasa Kuster, bassoon
CD Baby • 2013 • UPC: 8 84501 88032 9
Sonia Leong (piano)
  Bassoon Transcended: Christin Schillinger
MSR Classics • 2013 • MS 1439
Jed Moss (piano)